SEN Schools

Play-based learning can be a vital part of a special needs education structure.
It helps to shape understanding about the way the world works and motivates young people to explore subjects and activities they don’t naturally favour.
The wide variety of play equipment available from Hand Made Places has been developed specifically to engage every child, regardless of age, interests and aptitude.
For children with special educational needs (SEN) our play equipment helps to bring together those with different learning styles and abilities.
In turn this can support social, conversational and emotional development.
We specialise in sensory-rich resources for outdoor play areas and external classrooms. We believe being in the open air not only provides children with a stimulating environment, it also gives them the space to process events and experiences.
Our advisers can work with teachers and practitioners to develop playgrounds to match the style and personality of those using it for truly inclusive settings.
This ensures a purposeful environment is created to deliver enjoyment as well as challenges in a safe, therapeutic space.
Our integrated play and learning equipment includes musical instruments to aid communication and expression, play units to build strength and flexibility and support brain development, and planters and growing equipment to teach skills like patience and empathy.
Our outdoor classroom range allows teachers to explore alternatives to traditional teaching methods, encouraging guided play and allowing youngsters to learn at their own pace.
And simple but effective tools like activity boards and our timber play sculptures prompt creativity and self-expression as well as imaginative play.
We also have a range of sensory play equipment including a mud kitchen, totems and mirrors which encourage young people to investigate and experiment.
Achieving a balance between enabling play and overloading the senses can be a fine line to tread.
At Hand Made Places we work with SEN schools and facilities to plan for children’s needs as well as provide lots of fun.

Case Studies

Case Study

Ysgol-Y-Gogarth - Inclusive Play Areas

Ysgol-y-Gogarth is a day and residential Special School in Llandudno, which caters for approximately 180 pupils between...

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Pathfield School

Pathfield School is based in Barnstaple, North Devon. Its pupils are 3 to 19 year olds who have learning differences such as autism.

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Oak Tree Primary School & Nursery, Mansfield

Oak Tree’s early years outdoor setting required a makeover to provide interaction, stimulation and a variety of imaginative play opportunities for its users...


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