Afamour reaffirms its commitment to excellence and innovation, taking a step forward in favor of inclusion as a criterion to be required in all gaming facilities. The objective is to achieve the integration of children of all ages and functional diversities, through accessible designs that respond to principles of universality and facilitate the development of sensory skills, Physical, cognitive and social.
How playgrounds guarantee the right to play
Playgrounds meet an essential objective for society: guarantee the right to play from a very early age. A universal right recognized in the Declaration of the Child (1959), that will only be guaranteed when it is planned thinking about the integration and inclusion of all of them, without the demographic background, cultural and developmental capacities mark limits to play and relationship in public space.
Promote the presence of playgrounds, as we defend from Afamour, is synonymous with creating real opportunities for children to develop sensory skills, Physical, cognitive and social.
Play is one of the most important free activities for children's development. The game itself contributes to the integral development of the individual from a very early age and this implies, intellectual enrichment, the stimulation of fantasy and creativity. For something in the game, in a very natural way, it is easy for new situations to appear that must be solved.
For all the above, the spaces have to be projected as cozy places, where children and their companions feel comfortable to enjoy the weather and other environmental and landscape stimuli, above all, in the case of playgrounds.
The design of playgrounds
The good design of a playground must meet different criteria of regulations and style, while intelligently solving multiple forms of gameplay, serving a wide age group, whose challenges must be diverse for the entire stage of maturation development. And yet, it will still be necessary to fulfill what has been a historical claim of an important part of the citizenry: ensure inclusion in parks.
Afamour Partners, thanks to its extensive experience and the quality assurance of the sector, consideran que la accesibilidad ha de plantearse en el mismo momento en el que se empieza a crear el proyecto de una zona de ocio. To do this, the essential elements to contemplate within the play area and the furniture are the following:
- Sufficient dimensions to access the games with companions
- Elimination of unevenness and accessibility of the terrain
- Rubber floors
- Incorporation of protection elements
- Manipulation games with sensory experiences
- Braille language integration
- Games specific to different functional diversities
- Fences with maximum height
- Walking and recreation areas with different colors and textures
- Spaces of relationship and coexistence for parents and companions
- Informative signs
The presence of these elements in playgrounds, along with proper maintenance, will allow to guide and create spaces focused on the user and their needs and concerns for leisure and learning, without discrimination or social isolation.
Safety and use of sustainable materials
From Afamour we are clear that a playground is a safe area and it is our responsibility to provide an overall look that takes into account the product, at the same time as the space it occupies, its surroundings and the context in which it is located. In this sense, the Security is not a design-independent criterion, as well as the game or the installation and its subsequent maintenance.
With this objective, our partner companies are innovation-oriented and dedicate efforts to use of new technologies and the use of new materials, so that the design of all spaces for children's play is compatible with the regulations more demanding.
In addition, in Afamour we are committed to sustainability and respect for the environment. That's why, all our partners use sustainable materials in the design, manufacture and installation of playground. These 'eco-friendly' products have the following environmental benefits:
- Reduce the carbon footprint
- They don't pollute
- Save energy
- Recyclable or made from recycled materials
- Libes of toxic components
Other benefits of playgrounds
To the development of psychomotor and cognitive skills in the little ones, playgrounds add up other benefits such as the development of social and coexistence skills, as well as all aspects related to the affective dimension, that helps to compensate for children's stress and prevent situations of isolation, depression, anxiety and other pathologies that activate alerts at the level of mental and psychological health of children. Children playing, are training their cardiac and respiratory system, increasing their flexibility and enhancing the coordination of the different senses, while enhancing their communication and relationship skills and their integration into the community. Group play needs interaction, of negotiation and challenge and for this the group of equals is essential, much more when the experience is in the public space.
All these qualities are values intrinsic to parks, enabling Afamour partners to bring increasingly innovative design models and installations, functional and socially and environmentally friendly. The health of children is an indicator of the health of society at the present and future level and preserving the game is a responsibility of all: Manufacturers, institutions and families.
El derecho al juego es un derecho esencial y universal.