Publications

  • FOCUS ON PLAY
  • Reopening schools – prioritising play

    This issue of Focus on play provides information and guidance for head teachers, teachers and school governors. It considers the crucial role of children’s play in promoting positive mental health and discusses ways schools can promote play when they reopen.

    This Focus on play features information about:

    • The right to play
    • Play and well-being
    • Creating the conditions for play
    • Returning to school – supporting play
    • Actions to turn policy into practice.
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  • Re-opening parks, play areas and open spaces for children’s play

    This issue of Focus on play provides information and guidance for parks and open space officers and playground managers. It sets out some of the factors for consideration when decisions are being made regarding which spaces will be available and promoted for play and ensuring sufficiency of play opportunities. It features information about:

    • Easing of lockdown – re-opening spaces for play
    • Types of play and recreational space
    • Making space available for playing – questions to consider.
       

    We recognise that under the current circumstances, little remains constant and we will update this briefing as and when new information becomes available.

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  • Play and county councillors

    This issue of Focus on play for county councillors across Wales provides information about statutory duties on local authorities to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities for children in their area.

    To inform councillors, Focus on play: play and county councillors aims to answer the following questions:

    • Why has Welsh Government legislated for play?
    • What do I need to know about play sufficiency?
    • Has the duty improved outcomes for children?
    • How can we make sure there is enough play when there is so little money?
    • What can I do to support play sufficiency in the council?
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  • Play and transport

    This issue of Focus on play for officers within local authority transport policy and management departments provides information about how transport planning influences children’s opportunities to play. Children and teenagers need and are entitled to quality places for play as part of their everyday life within their own community.

    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
    • Street play.
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  • Play and education

    This issue of Focus on play for education officers within local authority provides information about how education services influences children’s opportunities to play. Children and teenagers need and are entitled to quality places for play as part of their everyday life within their own community.

    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
    • Key statistics.
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  • Play and Town and Country Planning

    This issue of Focus on play for officers within local authority planning departments provides information about how planning influences children’s opportunities to play. Children and teenagers need and are entitled to quality places for play as part of their everyday life within their own community.

    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
    • A rich play environment.
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  • Childcare providers and practitioners

    This issue of Focus on play for childcare providers and practitioners includes information about how to support better opportunities for children to play in their settings. Children and young people need and are entitled to quality places and time for play as part of their everyday life.

    It features information about:

    • play for play’s sake
    • the importance of play 
    • national and international policy 
    • providing space for play
    • making materials available for play 
    • creating time for play in childcare settings 
    • ensuring permission for play
    • intervention styles for play. 
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  • Families First programme

    In October 2016 Welsh Government announced that the Families First programme should develop services which address identified gaps in service provision for parents and young people.

    Children have a right to play, and whilst this is increasingly recognised, there is still a need to highlight how playing and staffed play provision can positively impact on children and families who are experiencing poverty.

    In response, Play Wales has produced this issue of Focus on play which 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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