The Early Years and Childcare Plan
On 17 July 2013 the Minister for Education and Skills, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and the Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty launched Building a Brighter Future: Early Years and Childcare Plan.
It sets out the direction of travel for the next 10 years with actions and timescales for delivery. The Plan brings coherence across different policies and programmes impacting on and influencing the early years.
The key themes are:
- children’s health and well-being
- supporting families and parents
- high-quality early education and childcare
- effective primary education
- raising standards.
Mike Greenaway, Director of Play Wales said:
‘Play Wales welcomes the publication of Building a Brighter Future and the Welsh Government’s commitment to commence the duty on Local Authorities to secure sufficient play opportunities in their areas as part of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. We also welcome the recognition of the importance of suitably trained and qualified playworkers to fulfil the Plan’s objectives. Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for children’s play – securing and providing play opportunities contribute to making Wales a play-friendly place for our children.’