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Additional Learning Needs

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 12 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the provision of adventure playgrounds or play facilities designed for pupils with additional learning needs. (89807)

Planning Policy Guidance 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation provides the framework within which local authorities meet the differing and distinctive needs of local communities for recreational facilities and open spaces. This includes the provision of play areas for all children.

The cross-Government Cleaner Safer Greener Communities programme supports the provision of quality public spaces that can be used by all members of the community. In 2003 the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now the Department for Communities and Local Government) published Developing accessible play space: a good practice guide.

Within schools the provision of specialised play equipment for pupils with additional learning needs is a matter for the Department for Education and Skills. Kidsactive receives grant funding from the DfES to deliver its Playwork Inclusion Project (PIP) to increase the numbers of disabled children being included in play out of school settings.

These policies apply to England only.