Inclusive play skills training & creative empowerment workshops for complex additional needs

We deliver inclusive play skills training ranging from one-day workshops to weekly programmes of classes. These are for parents and carers and groups such as teachers and foster carers.

We are available for future bookings.

The hands on courses explore why we play, the benefits of play for a child, new techniques and play structures. The courses include reflection and discussion and are open to all parents and carers of children with moderate and complex additional needs. We explore sensory play, music, multisensory storytelling, and movement and have fun! Techniques and approaches are adaptable to fit the age and needs of a child. There are discussions and opportunities to try out new structures and types of play. While the courses are suitable for those with limited experience of play, the courses are also designed to build on the knowledge that participants already have as parents and carers. We explore the potential for inclusive play together in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Covid 19


This is a challenging time we all find ourselves navigating. We have sadly needed to cancel our Wildheart Sensory Theatre Tour and other live events until the autumn/ winter when we hope to bring you more magic and wonder from the Wildwood. 

In the meantime, with the kind support of the Sussex Community Foundation we have been working hard on developing our online offer to help support parents and carers of children and young people with complex additional needs.

Please visit our exciting new online inclusive play skills support page which is packed full of ideas and resources for creating inclusive play during Covid. Our team will also be running inclusive play skills support zoom workshops for parents and carers through July in parallel with a play skills Facebook Support Group, come and join in! Please see our social media for details.

Wishing all our families well during this time.

The Sense Public Play Inquiry, ‘A Case for Play 2016,’ found the following: 81% of families nationally with children with disabilities reported difficulties accessing mainstream or local play opportunities; 51% said their child had been intentionally excluded from play in their community; 42% of families surveyed faced challenges accessing specialist play provision in their area.

Examples of playskills projects we have delivered:

May, June & July 2019 in Brighton & Eastbourne

With the generous support of The Chalk Cliff Trust, The Sussex Community Foundation and Awards for All we were pleased to be able to deliver a four weekly session inclusive play skills training course. The course was available to parents, carers of children and young people with complex additional needs. We were also very excited to work with Brighton based arts group Carousel and welcome some of their artists into our team as co-facilitators. Expanding our team to include neurodiverse team members was an exciting step for Different Planet Arts.

November 2019 in Hastings

We were excited to work with East Sussex Looked After Children's Service when we delivered a two-week inclusive play skills course for foster carers in Hastings at the Robsack Centre.

“I learnt more than I thought I would. Really brilliant, I enjoyed it” - Participant

“A really fun, interesting and thought provoking course. Just the sort, of course, I’ve been waiting for. Thank you” - Participant

The following is an example of the content on one of our courses:

Week 1  An Introduction to the different Types of Inclusive Play
Focusing on our relationship to play, the different possibilities within inclusive play, the benefits of play and why we play. Also beginning to explore the potential of sound and music within improvised and structured play. Discussion and reflection on what we are learning together.

Week 2 Sensory Play and Attunement
Building on the previous week exploring sensory play and different ways of attuning to children in relation to different opportunities for play. Continuing to learn and experiment with ways of using sound and simple musical techniques. Discussing and reflecting on what we are learning together.

Week 3 Multisensory Storytelling  and Role
Building on the previous week exploring multisensory storytelling that is easy for all the family to take part in together. Experimenting with simple, accessible role play. Continuing to learn and experiment with ways of using sound and simple musical techniques. Discussion and reflection on what we are learning together.

Week 4  Movement and Embodiment
Building on the previous week exploring different ways of using movement for play that is easily adapted and attuned to the needs of your child. Learning about the potential of embodiment within play and creativity. Continuing to learn and experiment with ways of using sound and simple musical techniques. Beginning to draw together some of the different strands from the previous weeks to see what participants might want to develop further. Discussion and reflection on what we are learning together.

For more information please contact Ariane at  or 07711 717634. 

Please contact us for more details or to plan additional trainings to suit you. 

We are a registered charity no. 1180547

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