Creating inclusive spaces for children at primary school

A helpful example from AllPlay Learn

Providing access to an inclusive space can support students who are feeling anxious or emotional, or who are feeling overwhelmed by sensory input. 

In this video, two Victorian schools share how they have created inclusive indoor and outdoor spaces for students. Clear descriptions of the spaces, and how these were developed, are included.

The use of student-led time-out, in which students can choose to access time and a safe space to engage in strategies that help them feel calmer, is discussed. It is important to recognise that when the term ‘time-out’ is used in this context, it is not referring to a teacher-lead behaviour-management strategy.

For more evidence-based strategies, visit supporting students with transitions across the day, and our emotions strategies. 

School Excellence Framework alignment


Effective classroom practice

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers alignment

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn


School leaders and primary teachers


This video from AllPlay Learn features an examples of how two schools created inclusive indoor and outdoor spaces for students. 


Timeframes and when to use

This resource can be used at any time to provide further information and practice guidance

Evidence base

This resource was developed with the AllPlay Learn team who conducted a series of systematic reviews of the empirical literature, with over 177,000 articles screened. The resources remain up-to-date, with content reflecting best practice reviewed by a world-class multidisciplinary research team, led by Monash University.


November 2021. Share your feedback here