Play Wales Publications 2019
During 2019 we have produced and circulated a variety of new and updated publications to support and inform those who have an interest in, or a responsibility for children’s play. Here is a summary of the information sheets, top tips, toolkits, magazines and publications we have published – all of which are available to freely download.
Creativity and tool use in play settings
This information sheet written by Ben Tawil explores the relationship between play and creativity. It looks at the associated benefits for children, considers theories that relate to providing for play and creativity and provides some helpful hints and tips.
Older children play too
This information sheet written by Mike Barclay explores how older children play, particularly those in early and middle adolescence (around the ages of 11 to 16). It looks at play behaviours of older children and their benefits, barriers to play and the social consequences and understanding the adolescent brain.
Top tips – Finding a playwork training provider
These top tips are designed to support you to make the most of your training time and budget by providing considerations to help you when selecting your training provider.
Top tips for Outdoor Classroom Day
Outdoor Classroom Day celebrates outdoor play and learning. To help make the day even more playful we updated our Top tips for Outdoor Classroom Day.
How to organise playing out sessions on your street
We worked with Playing Out – a parent and resident-led movement working to promote street play – to produce a manual and supporting materials to support parents to organise play sessions on their street. It is a step-by step guide to organising street play sessions, based on the experience of parents and residents across the UK.
Opening streets for play
The Opening streets for play toolkit is designed to provide clear and concise information about street play for local authorities and their partners in Wales. It contains information intended to help understand and address issues of concern and it provides practical, step-by-step tools and templates to support street play to happen.
Play for Wales magazine
Play in Schools
Issue 52 (Spring 2019)
The issue include:
- Time, space and permission to play in schools – including an example school play policy
- Supporting play in schools – Torfaen and the Vale
- Play and education rights: making the links
- Children and young people’s physical activity
- An interview with the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan AM.
Issue 53 (Summer 2019)
To celebrate Play Wales’ 21st birthday we published a special issue of the magazine.
This issue includes:
- Guest Editorial written by Dr Jenny Wood
- Making the case for school playtime
- Children’s Right to Play in Wales: six years of stories and change since the commencement of the Play Sufficiency Duty – Dr Wendy Russell
- Time, space and freedom to play – the views of children
- A call for a child friendly approach to planning and urban design – Dinah Bornat
- Right to play in situation of crisis – Sudeshna Chatterjee.
Focus on play
Play and town and country planning
This issue for officers within local authority planning departments provides information about how planning influences children’s opportunities to play. It features information about the importance of play for health and well-being, national and international policy, planning for play, potential local actions which can secure play sufficiency, engaging with developers and a rich play environment.
Play and education
This issue for education officers within local authority provides information about how education services influences children’s opportunities to play. It features information about the importance of play for health and well-being, national and international policy, potential local actions which can secure play sufficiency, valuing play and key statistics.
Play and transport
This issue for officers within local authority transport policy and management departments provides information about how transport planning influences children’s opportunities to play. It features information about the importance of play for health and well-being, national and international policy, the impact of the car, potential local actions which can secure play sufficiency, focusing on the journey and street play.
Play sufficiency in Wales
New research which explores the perceptions of what has changed for children’s play opportunities since the Welsh Government’s Play Sufficiency Duty was commenced in 2012. This report presents the findings of a small-scale research project carried out by Dr Wendy Russell (University of Gloucestershire), Mike Barclay and Ben Tawil (Ludicology), and Charlotte Derry (Playful Places).
What children say about play in Wales
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 2019, we published a new report where children and teenagers tell us about what’s good about the play opportunities in their local area and how satisfied they are about when, how and where they can play.
Playful communities guide
This guide aims to address the barriers that can impact on the freedom and independence children need to play and ensure children have enough time, space and permission to play as part of their everyday lives. Playful Communities sets out what can be done to make communities more playful and includes examples of how it has been done in other areas of Wales.
Glossary of playwork terms
To mark Adult Learning Week (17-23 June 2019) we updated our Glossary of playwork terms. From ‘play deprivation’ to ‘intervention styles’ to ‘compensatory space’ the glossary helps to concisely define 55 commonly used playwork words and phrases.
Manifesto for children’s play in Wales
Play Wales' Manifesto for children's play in Wales calls for the UK Government to follow Welsh Government’s lead by prioritising provision for children’s play. The Manifesto is based on the growing body of solid evidence that supports both the long-term and immediate benefits of providing for children’s play. Studies show that the long-term health benefits of playing include boosting physical activity levels which helps to tackle child obesity and supporting children to become more resilient.