This is a free service offered on Thursday evenings for school years 2 to 8, with fourteen children attending weekly.
The playground is at Meriden Park, Chelmsley Wood. Open to the general public, the adventure playground enables local children to enjoy outdoor play in a secure environment.
SoLO’s scheme enables children with a learning disability to play safely alongside their mainstream peers in a safe environment, supported by experienced staff who are confident to provide arm’s length support. It enables all the children, regardless of disability, to explore together a wide range of activities outside in the fresh air in a supervised, encouraging environment.
The area is supported by staff who are paid by the local authority to supervise the various activities. These include imaginative play, den building, outdoor cooking over open fires, and water & sand play, as well as large construction. The SoLO staff ensure that the children are able to get involved and contribute at their own level and interact successfully with the other children.
The playground is open until dusk and allows the children to experience playing in low light (the staff wear head torches to ensure that they are able to supervise safely). They are also enabled to experience wet weather conditions.