Play for Wales magazine

Play for Wales is published by Play Wales twice a year. 

The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of Play Wales. We reserve the right to edit for publication. We do not endorse any of the products or events advertised in or with this publication.

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Latest issue 

Issue 49 (Autumn 2017)

The Play: a healthy childhood issue includes: Mud and Sparks for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service; Keeping children safe means letting them take risks – Dr Mariana Brussoni; Taking risks in the early years – Professor Ellen Sandseter; Public Health Wales to give every child the best possible start; Play and health rights: making the links; A review of our loose parts play toolkit; Playing out as a community development tool – Judith Langdon; Food deliveries in the summer holidays.

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 Previous issues 

Issue 48 (Spring 2017)

The Play and digital technology issue includes: Top tips: screen time and digital play; Play and the plug: A playwork approach to screen time in children’s play; Myth busting digital play; An updated UNCRC for the digital age – Professor Sonia Livingstone; ‘Screen-based lifestyle harms children’s health’ – Sue Palmer; Play and mobile technology – Chris Martin; How technology is impacting on young people – Joshua Chohan, Young Wales; Screen time: who’s really to blame? – Mark Sears, The Wild Network; An interview with the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant AM; Workforce development: news and updates; Wales – A Play Friendly Place: Students create imaginitave outdoor play and learning space.

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Issue 47 (Autumn 2016)

The Playful communities issue includes: Make time for playing out in the community; Advocacy ideas to overcome barriers to play; Playing out and about – Maisie and her mother Katie; Wales – A Play Friendly Place: Wildmill Bridgend - Sarah Hay; Creating playful communities: Conwy Pop Up Play Shop and Buy a day of play in the Vale; Playing, striving, thriving – addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences through play; Play is for the here and now – play and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015; New playwork practice qualification for Wales; Playful projects across the UK – Play England, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland; Let’s play ball: campaign to remove Aberdeen’s No Ball Games signs – Steven Shaw; Making the right to play a reality internationally.

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Issue 46 (Spring 2016)

The Play – the importance of risk issue includes: Guest Editorial by Chair of the Play Safety Forum, Robin Sutcliffe; Changes to childcare law; Wales – A Play Friendly Place; Making health and safety ‘child’s play’ – Judith Hackitt, CBE, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); Play and resilience – Professor Angie Hart; The ABC model to dynamic risk management; Risky play for all children – Ally John; Emotional risk and benefit; Let us out of the bubble wrap – how adults can support children’s need for risky play; Wales’ year of adventure – Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism; A study: UK and Germany outdoor play opportunities – Ellen Weaver; Ever decreasing circles – Gill Byrne; Qualification requirements for playwork settings; Workforce development news.

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Issue 45 (Autumn 2015)

The Celebrating play in Wales issue includes: Manifesto for children’s play in Wales; Time, space and permission to play across Wales – example play initiatives; Supporting a play friendly Wales – example Play Wales partnership projects; Pre-election play time – Wales’ main political party leaders share their play memories; ‘Valuable resource’ - a review of Good practice guide for play and early years: Developing and managing Gypsy and Traveller Sites; Wales – A Play Friendly Place – example project; Managing a Holiday Playscheme qualification; P3 news. 

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Issue 44 (Spring 2015)

The Playing out and about issue includes: various news articles; an interview with the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM; playing out and about – article written by 11 year-old Oscar; tips for supporting children to play out confidently; fostering outside play – looked after children and the natural environment; looking back on the Big Lottery Fund Child’s Play programme; Wales – a play friendly place; Keith Towler reflects on play in Wales; review of Professor Fraser Brown’s latest book – Play & Playwork: 101 Stories of Children Playing.

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Issue 43 (Summer 2014)

The Healthy childhood issue includes: various news articles; An interview with Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty; Play and health – an article by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Hussey; Internet access for children in hospital; All we need is play – by Rob Parr; Design in urban settings with children and nature in mind – by Helle Nebelong; Play and public health policy; Playing and the Five Ways to Well-being; Wales – a Play Friendly Place; P3 level 3 free engagement events; A day in the life of a playwork trainer; What’s P3 like for learners?; A review of the Use of school grounds for teaching out of teaching hours toolkit.

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Issue 42 (Spring 2014)

The Playing in the public realm issue includes: various news articles; The European Network of Child Friendly Cities; Child friendly city - Rotterdam; Wales - A Play Friendly Place; Commit to supporting quality staff; P3 level 3 - the latest; Playwork Approaches in Schools; Spirit 2014. 

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Issue 41 (Winter 2013)

The Playful places issue includes: various news articles; Play in prison; Hospital play; Play opportunities for Gypsy and Traveller children; A more playful museum; The Sandy Ground project; Wales – a Play Friendly Place; The right to play – worldwide campaign; An interview with Tim Gill; Mencap Cymru’s Young Ambassadors and Play our Way project; Playworkers Forum 2013; and Playwork related National Occupational Standards.

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Issue 40 (Summer 2013)

The A play-friendly Wales issue includes: various news articles; An analysis of the Play Sufficiency Assessment duty; Responding to the research (Leopard Skin Wellies, a Top Hat and a Vacuum Cleaner Hose: An analysis of Wales’ Play Sufficiency Assessment duty); Innovative approaches to play sufficiency; Purple Routes schools project; An interview with Ken Worpole; Good news: P3progress; Study: workforce and play sufficiency; Wales – A Play Friendly Place.

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Issue 39 (Spring 2013)

The Play in Schools issue includes: An update about the General Comment on Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); the use of school grounds out of learning hours; a Play policy for schools; providing richer play in schools; an international article by an early years teacher; an example of how schools are contributing to making Wales a play friendly place; play training and lunchtime supervisors; a review of Play Wales’ latest publication: Developing and managing play spaces.

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Issue 38 (Winter 2012)

The Assessing Sufficiency issue includes: a guest editorial from the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler; an update on the General Comment on Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); articles about the Welsh Government Play Sufficiency Duty and the toolkit to support Local Authorities to assess the sufficiency of play opportunities in their areas; an interview with Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); P3 update; Wales - A Play Friendly Place case study.

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Issue 37 (Summer 2012)

The Play: What is good enough? issue includes: guest editorial by Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, Gwenda Thomas AM; an interview with Peter Gomer (Interim Policy Adviser, WLGA) about the opportunities and challenges facing local authorities with the commencement of the Play Sufficiency Duty; What play sufficiency means for different sectors - a variety of perspectives; Planning Cities with Children in Mind - article by Roger Hart; P3 update; Playborhood: turn neighbourhood into a place for play - book review.

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Issue 36 (Spring 2012)

The Play: places and spaces issue includes: A tribute to Gill; Play Sufficiency Duty update; Developing and managing play spaces; play spaces: common complaints and simple solutions; book review by Ben Tawil; Ripping up the rulebook article by Bernard Spiegal; P3 level 2 and 3 update; Playwork writer award.

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Issue 35 (Autumn 2011)

The Wales: a play friendly place? issue includes: Wales Wins International Award; Play provision and development update; Update - A General Comment on Article 31; Make a Noise for Play; Volunteer and delegate reports from the IPA 2011 conference; Article by Marc Bekoff; P3 - progress on pukka play training.

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Issue 34 (Spring 2011)

The right to play issue includes: Keith, Huw and progress on 'sufficiency'; Play and Children's Rights; Agenda for children's play in Wales; Playing into the Future - surviving and thriving - IPA 2011 conference update; Play and 'Making poverty less damaging for children'; What's happening around Wales? (play provision and development); Workforce development - Melyn Review, Playwork Wales update, P3 update; staff updates.

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Issue 33 (Winter 2010)

The Richness of play issue includes : Common Sense, Common Safety report; interview with Huw Lewis, Deputy Minister for Children; Safe Places to Play and Hang Out inquiry report - and Play Wales' response; Why make time for play; Why investing in play is important; Workforce Development; IPA 2011 conference update; events and funding news.

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Issue 32 (Summer 2010)

The Play - improving opportunities issue includes: editorial by Keith Towler, Children's Commissioner for Wales; a BIG new adventure begins - Child's Play programme update; Playworkers at Eisteddfod yr Urdd; a young reporter interviewing Helen Mary Jones AM about the National Assembly for Wales inquiry into safe places to play and hang out; Reivew of Possible Summers: stories and reflections from the playscpace; P3 update.

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Issue 31 (Spring 2010)

The Play - are we up to the measure? issue includes: Safe Places to Play and Hang Out inquiry; Sufficient Play Opportunities?; It's our place too; People Make Play; P3 update.

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Issue 30 (Autumn 2009)

The Play and Sustainability - Why make time for play? issue includes: Play Services and Sustainability; Raising our profile; Playday events from around Wales; P3 available for schools

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Issue 29 (Summer 2009)

The Play - rain or shine issue includes: The natural way to play; Play and the weather; Weather therapy; The ingredients of seasoned play; P3 back on track; Play Naturally book review.

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Issue 28 (Spring 2009)

The Play in the computer age: Play and the Plug issue includes: On outdoor electronic play equipment; Our survey says; Busting computer myths; Potential in Playwork - learning and growing.

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Issue 27 (Winter 2008)

The Places for Playing issue includes: Places for playing - children's chosen play places; making good places for playing; Design for play: a guide to creating successful play spaces; Planning and Play; Play Rangers - making places play friendly; Training for Workforce Development.

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Issue 26 (Autumn 2008)

The Play in time and space issue includes: the fence debate, children's privacy, hospital play; Rhodri Morgan on Playday; Children's Commissioners Report; new play area guidance.

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Issue 25 (Summer 2008)

The Celebrating 10 years issue includes: Single plans for Wales, New education opportunities, 10 top tips for fundraising, interview with Marc Phillips the Director of BBC Children in Need in Wales, BIG Lottery Fund - looking to the future, Is 'healthy eating' healthy in a play setting?, 10 years of workforce development, 10 years of play in Wales, pull out poster.

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Issue 24 (Spring 2008)

The Play and Participation issue includes: National Standards for Children and Young People's Participation; Funky Dragon report; Participation and playwork - an interview with Roger Hart; an interview with the new Children's Commissioner and P3 - the impact.

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Issue 23 (Winter 2007)

The Risk and Resilience issue includes: Action on play in Wales; £2.2 million for play infrastructure in Wales; Do we dare risk providing for risk?; Compensation Culture - an alternative approach; B*lls to Blame and Claim Culture; Safety, health and play Time to rethink?; Playwork Wales.

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Issue 22 (Autumn 2007)

The Playing in the Streets issue includes: Home zones - Legislation and policy in Wales; Playday; Going out to Play; Tips for supporting children to play out confidently; New Centre for Playwork Education and Training in Wales; Play Learn and Grow.

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Issue 21 (Summer 2007)

The All Children issue includes: Playday update; Latest news from the Children's Commissioner's Team; Buddy Scheme in Flintshire; a traveller child's story from Belfast; The Torfaen Travellers' Project; Play in the Mosque; Penny Wilson discusses her work with disabled children; Interview with a Welsh Speaking P3 Trainer. 

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Issue 20 (Spring 2007)

The Play Spaces issue includes: Tribute to Peter Clarke, Playgrounds - getting it right, Welcome to a Flintshire playground, Play spaces in Berlin and an Interview with a Playwork trainer.

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Issue 19 (Winter 2006)

This issue includes: Progress on the Plan, The BIG Child's Play Programme, New Staff, Commissioning Play Consultants, Interview with a Playwork Traianer.

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Issue 18 (Spring 2006)

This issue includes: BIG lottery news, Implementation Timetable, Glossary: What is Play?, Cwlwm Project Update - New Playwork Materials, What a Play Strategy means for Playworkers. 

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Issue 17 (Winter 2005)

This issue includes Play Wales becomes a membership organisation, Big Lottery funds Play in Wales, Minister on Play tour, Playday Fever in Merthyr Tydfil, Mud and Sparks.

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Issue 16 (Summer 2005)

This issue includes: Play in School, Play Stratey Consultation Response, Big Lottery, Open Access in Powys.

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Issue 15 (Spring 2005)

This issue includes: Play Wales - not just for Open Access Play, Big Lottery, Playwork Principles, Welsh language and Play, Play Risk and Accidents, CSIW, Play and Disadvantage in Romania, Integrated Children's Centres, Playwork Training.

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Issue 14 (Autumn 2004)

This issue includes: Big Lottery Consultation, the Elusive £200m, Play Wales's response to the Assembly Play Consultation, New Principles for Playwork.

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Issue 13 (Summer 2004)

This issue includes: Principes for Playworkers, healthy children Play, Adventure in Nuremburg, Families and Play. 

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Issue 12 (Spring 2004)

This issue includes: Play Values Review, CSIW recruits playworkers, Play in Sweden.

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Issue 11 (Autumn 2003)

This issue includes: Play strategy recommendations, Play Debate in Parliament, Play in Holland, Ethnic Minority Play Development, Rural Play, Integrated Children's Centre. 

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Issue 10 (Summer 2003)

This issue includes: The National Play Review, also Open Acces Play, home Zones and Playing Out. 

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Issue 9 (Spring 2003)

This issue includes: Play Policy Announced, planning inclusive play, the best den.

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