BIG Lottery Fund Child's Play programme

In August 2006 Play Wales was contracted for three years to help deliver the BIG Lottery Fund Child's Play programme in Wales. The contract ended in August 2009.

Our role within the Child's Play programme was to:

  • develop a strategic overview of children's play in Wales
  • work with local organisations to help them identify gaps in provision and agree priorities for investment
  • provide expert advice to applicants and help them to develop projects that meet agreed local priorities and fit national strategies.


The aims of the Child's Play Programme included:

  • the development of new play spaces for children in their communities;
  • the development of play opportunities that provide space for children to choose how they play;
  • the development of staffed open access play opportunities.


The Child’s Play programme was aimed at children up to 12 years old living in Wales, and in particular children aged 8-12. It was a strategic programme that aimed to make a big impact on children’s play in Wales. In round one of the programme, Child’s Play supported the development of the infrastructure needed to deliver play and helped to staff ten regional play networks covering the whole of Wales.

Round 2 of the programme awarded grants to regional play networks that directly offer opportunities for play. The Child’s Play programme focused on new approaches to staffed play projects, and expected projects to come up with creative play projects that offered challenge and varied opportunities.

Through this programme BIG awarded grants worth £13 million in total.