Focus on play

Focus on play are short briefings aimed at a specific group or sector of the children’s workforce.

Each issue also provides useful information about the importance of children’s play and how we can all support children’s need for time, space and permission to play in their communities.

Public health professionals

Children and young people need and are entitled to quality places and time for play as part of their everyday life within their own community.

It features information about:

  • the importance of play for children’s health and wellbeing
  • play and physical activity
  • play and emotional wellbeing
  • addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences through play
  • creating time for outdoor play in settings
  • the role of healthy schools
  • the role of public health professionals in promoting play.


Download Focus on play: public health professionals

Community and town councils

Community and town councils, and therefore, councillors, in Wales are well placed to be play champions for the communities in which they live and serve.

It features information about:

  • National and international policy relating to play
  • Developing and managing spaces for play
  • Making time for play
  • Ensuring permission for play.


Download Focus on play: community and town councils