Information sheets

Play Wales provides information sheet on a range of topics. Where the author is not specified the Play Wales team has researched and written the information provided.

These information sheets are also available in the relevant subject sections of this website. Please refer to the terms and conditions of this website for copyright guidance.

Play, playwork and resilience: A briefing paper to inform planning for the Families First programme

This briefing paper describes how play and playwork services can address identified gaps in service provision for parents and young people and contributes to the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and mitigation of the impact for children and young people who are living in difficult circumstances.

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Top tips for Outdoor Classroom Day

Play Wales, October 2016

Outdoor Classroom Day is a day for children everywhere to enjoy learning and playing outside the classroom. On Thursday 6 October 2016 schools are pledging to spend at least one lesson in the day outside and Play Wales is encouraging schools to commit the day to play.

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Top tips – make time for play  

Play Wales, August 2016

When asked what is important to them, children tell us that playing outside and being with their friends is one of the most important aspects of their lives.

Play Wales is advocating a low cost approach to making the most of children’s free time – give them time to play. We have pulled together our top tips for making time for children to play.

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Participation and consulting with children

Play Wales, June 2016

This information sheet explores participation and consulting with children in the playwork context. It also aims to consider why and how we can consult with children in a meaningful way without unnecessarily interrupting their time and freedom to play.    

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Top tips for Empty Classroom Day

Play Wales, June 2016

Empty Classroom Day is a day for children everywhere to enjoy learning and playing outside the classroom. On Friday 17 June 2016 schools are pledging to spend at least one lesson in the day outside and Play Wales is encouraging schools to commit the day to play. We have put together our top tips for a playful Empty Classroom Day. 

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Promoting physical activity through outdoor play in early years settings

Play Wales, April 2016

This information sheet explores how playing contributes to children’s physical activity levels and how early years practitioners can provide permission, time and space, as well as making materials available, for children to play outdoors. It also provides practical advice on thinking sensibly about health and safety.

The information sheet aims to support early years practitioners to provide physical activity through outdoor play in their settings.

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Let us out of the bubble wrap

Play Wales, March 2016 

Tips on how adults can support children's need for risky play.

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Why make time for play?

Play Wales, March 2016

This information sheet provides support for play providers to advocate for staffed play provision. It shows why playing is so important and explores the benefits of staffed play provision for children and the wider community.

We are publishing this information sheet to celebrate St. David’s Day (1 March).

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10 top tips for fundraising

Play Wales, February 2016 

Top tips for fundraising to support play projects.

The tips are drawn from Professor Brown’s booklet The Venture: A Case Study of an Adventure Playground (Play Wales, 2007).

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Playwork: what’s so special?

Play Wales, January 2016

This information sheet provides an overview of what is unique about playwork and the role of the playworker. It describes how playworkers’ work relates to the Playwork Principles in terms of facilitating children’s play and the impact of playworkers and their intervention on children’s play and the play space. It also provides a checklist for facilitating a compensatory play space.

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Building resilience - the importance of playing 

Play Wales, November 2015

This information sheet explores how children’s play contributes to developing resilience and how we as adults can support children to build resilience through play. It also details how playing is an integral part of childhood.

We are publishing this information sheet to celebrate United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day (20 November) which marks the day the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted in 1989.

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Play sufficiency in Wales

Play Wales, October 2015

Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for children’s play through the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. The Welsh Government ‘Play Sufficiency Duty’, as it has become known, places a duty on every local authority in Wales to assess for and provide sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas.

This information sheet provides a brief overview of the Play Sufficiency Duty and the assessment process that local authorities have to undertake. It also describes Welsh Government’s aim to create a play friendly country by providing time, space and permission for children to play.

The aim of this information sheet is to provide a better understanding about play sufficiency in Wales to those whose work isn’t directly involved with children’s play or who may not be familiar with the legislation.

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Hospital play 

Play Wales, September 2015 

This information sheet aims to describe the role of the health play specialist in terms of supporting the play process to enable sick children to adapt to the health care setting and become more participative in the care they are receiving, and it explores the different types of play interventions used to support children and their families to better understand illness and treatment. The information sheet also explains the importance of providing play opportunities and spaces for children in hospital or community settings such as children’s hospices.

We are publishing this new information sheet to mark National Play in Hospital Week 2015 (28 September – 2 October).

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Manifesto for children’s play in Wales 

Play Wales, September 2015 

Play Wales is calling for the next Government in Wales to continue to prioritise provision for play. We are asking all political parties to recognise that having time, freedom and good places for playing are of paramount importance to all children, their families and the wider community. 

The forthcoming National Assembly for Wales election in 2016 will provide us all with an opportunity to highlight our asks for play in Wales. The Manifesto can be useful to help form questions to ask politicians as they begin their local campaigning in the lead up to the election. 

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Play: mental health and wellbeing 

Play Wales, August 2015

This information sheet briefly explains the importance of playing for brain development and mental health as well as exploring how playing contributes to children’s emotional wellbeing and how it relates to the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.

We published this information sheet to celebrate Playday 2015.

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Making community events playful 

Play Wales, June 2015

This information sheet aims to support communities to make their local events more playful, how to source resources and offers simple low cost ideas.

To celebrate The Eden Project Big Lunch on 7 June 2015 we have updated this information sheet. It was originally published, in partnership with Fair Share and the Community Foundation in Wales, in 2012. 

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Why playing matters and what we can all do about it

Play Wales and Cadw, May 2015

This information sheet, aimed at parents and carers, explores the importance of playing outside and contact with nature for all children and their families and it provides tips for supporting children to play out confidently. 

This information sheet was published to celebrate National Children's Day UK (17 May 2015)

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The Playwork Principles - an overview 

Play Wales, March 2015 

The information sheet aims to provide an overview of the Playwork Principles which establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork. As well as describing the development of the Playwork Principles the information sheet also briefly explores ethics and playwork.

This information sheet was published to celebrate St. David’s Day (1 March) here in Wales. 

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Advocacy and communication

Play Wales, January 2015 

This information sheet aims to provide an introduction to advocating for play and playwork. Aimed at everyone who has an interest in or responsibility for children’s play it offers examples of situations where we might act as advocates and suggestions of methods we can use to advocate for play and playwork.

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What is play and why is it important?

Play Wales, November 2014 

The information sheet aims to answer two questions: what is play? And why is play important? The information sheet endeavours to draw together the most widely respected statements on play to provide a comprehensive analysis.

We published this information sheet to coincide with the United Nations Universal Children's Day on 20 November 2014. 

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Looked After Children and the Natural Environment

Holly Gordon of BAAF (British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering) for Learning through Landscapes with support from Play Wales, November 2014 

This briefing paper outlines why it is important for looked after children to access outdoor play in nature. It discusses the benefits and rights of children to play, offering ideas on types of outdoor play in nature. It promotes a risk-benefit approach to care, as opposed to a risk-averse approach.

The briefing paper is aimed at foster carers and social care professionals working with looked after children.

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Safeguarding children

Sue Bradshaw, March 2013 

This information sheet provides policy and procedures in relation to safeguarding children for adoption and adaptation at play settings. It also includes guidelines on how to respond to disclosures and advice to support preventing children from future harm.

This is an updated version of the Safeguarding our children information sheet Play Wales published in 2008.

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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Inspiring learners: how to be a more effective trainer

Play Wales, March 2013 

This information sheet looks at how trainers and assessors can support learners and increase the effectiveness of playwork training. Drawing on the work of Paul Ginnis and others, the information sheet highlights seven key principles behind effective learning. It provides clear and concise information on how playwork trainers and assessors can best support learners.

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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Play: inclusive provision

Play Wales/Di Murray, March 2013 

This information sheet explores the attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers that face disabled children and young people accessing play provision – and how we as play providers and playworkers can overcome them. It also includes the latest policy information and case studies.

Play Wales worked in partnership with Di Murray to produce this information sheet. It is an updated version of the Inclusive play information sheet Play Wales published in 2007.

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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Play deprivation: impact, consequences and the potential of playwork

Professor Fraser Brown, March 2013 

This information sheet provides a definition of play deprivation, explores its impact and the implications for society. Drawing on his own research and experiences the author also explores the consequences of complete deprivation of play and the potential of playwork.

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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The role of adults in children's play

Play Wales, March 2013 

This information sheet explores why play matters and what we can all do about it. It provides support for adults in understanding how they can best provide time, space, permission and materials for children to play. It also offers suggestions about how we should take action to promote and protect children’s right to play.

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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Play and early years: birth to seven years

Janet Moyles, March 2013 

Written by Janet Moyles this information sheet explores what is play and its importance to and for children’s development in the early years (birth to seven years old). It also explores the importance of adult roles, advocacy and the child’s right to play.

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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Play and risk

Tim Gill, March 2013 

This information sheet aims to set out why a balanced, thoughtful approach to managing risks in children’s play is needed. It also aims to give an overview of risk-benefit assessment, which is widely accepted as a suitable approach.

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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Play in Wales timeline

Play Wales, November 2012

The timeline displays the development of Play Wales and play policy in Wales from 1996 to the present day.

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Tips for supporting children to play out confidently

Play Wales, October 2012

These tips are to encourage parents, carers and local communities to support children to play out confidently.

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Participation of children in planning and assessment

Play Wales, July 2012

This information sheet and the following accompanying documents have been developed to support local authorities in the participation of children and young people in planning and assessment.

Download Participation of children in planning and assessment
Download Sample Survey Questions and Notes for Facilitators
Download Survey Monitoring Form

Preparing for Play Sufficiency Assessments

Play Wales, June 2012

This information sheet and the following accompanying documents have been produced to help local authorities and their partners to prepare for Play Sufficiency Assessments.
Roles and Responsibilities

Download Preparing for Play Sufficiency Assessments
Download Working Group Model Terms of Reference
Download Matters that need to be taken into account table

Play spaces: planning and design

Play Wales, April 2012

This information sheet explores simple and inexpensive changes and longer term larger scale improvements we can all contribute towards to make play spaces more appealing to all members of the community.

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Play spaces: common complaints and simple solutions

Play Wales, March 2012

This information sheet explores simple solutions to address common complaints made about play spaces and how we can all make simple improvements to a local play area to make it more appealing to all members of the community.

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Play: health and wellbeing

Play Wales, March 2012

This information sheet provides information on why playing is crucial to children's health and wellbeing and explores ways to respond to children's need for more time and space for free play.

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Agenda for children's play in Wales

Play Wales, April 2011

With the National Assembly elections in mind (May 2011), Play Wales has published objectives for policy in the new Government - to help remind decision-makers of the importance of play and play provision to children and their families.

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Why playwork?

Play Wales, January 2010

This information sheet sets out why play is important and how staffed play provision supports children in local communities to access their right to play in their own neighbourhood.

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Jargon Buster 

Play Wales, July 2009

Explanations of specialist playwork education and training terms.

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Glossary of playwork terms

Play Wales, July 2009

Explanations of specialist playwork terms.

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Make time for play - time and money tips for Mums and Dads  

Play Wales, July 2009

Tips on how to provide time for children to play

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Time for play - campaigning

Play Wales, July 2009

If your play service may be under threat, here are guidelines on how to proceed.

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Play Services and Sustainability

Play Wales, July 2009

Sustainability is word often used by decision makers and funders. This information sheet explores what it means for play services.

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Make time - raising our profile

Play Wales, July 2009

Guidance on how to raise the profile of play all year round.

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Why make time for play? Support for play providers to advocate for staffed play provision

Play Wales, July 2009

Topics include making the case for play provision; play; and the benefits of play to children - surviving and thriving.

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Writing a press release - the basics

Play Wales, July 2009

Basic rules to consider when writing a press release.

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A playworker's guide to risk

Play Wales, 2008 

An information sheet to support playworkers to provide risk and challenge in play provision.

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Play, playwork and food

Play Wales, 2008

An information sheet on how to include food in a play setting. 

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Play Deprivation

Bob Hughes, Play Education, 2003

An information sheet on the effects of play deprivation. Copyright Play Education.

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