Events which encourage play and which promote the normalisation/acceptance of
play activities in community spaces will contribute to play being accepted at other
times, as will publicity of events and providing positive information and news stories
to develop positive community attitudes to children and their right to play.
The Local Authority could use physical on site signposting of areas within the
community which are available for children to play, to provide a clear message to
both children and adults that children are welcome to play in this area. This could
take the form of play equipment or more symbolic indication of permission to play. It
should be clear that this does not limit children’s play just to these areas.
The assessment should cover the extent to which:
- Information about play areas; play and recreation activities; clubs and
events for children is readily available through the Local Authority website
and other sources.
- Information about the accessibility of provision and contact for support if
- Information about events for the whole family is available.
- Information of how parents; school governors community groups;
volunteers can become involved in providing play opportunities.
- The Local Authority publicises positive attitudes towards children and their
presence outside, playing in their communities.
Note: that there is now the legal requirement on Local Authorities under section
11(4) of the Measure to publish information about play opportunities and keep the
information up to date.
Matter G: Securing & Developing the Play Workforce
Local Authorities and partners are required to undertake or secure the managerial
and delivery functions necessary to achieve sufficient play opportunities. This will
include the co-ordination of the required assessment of the cross cutting policy
areas; the integration of the assessment results into the single strategic plan and the
delivery of the play agenda by a sufficiently resourced, sized and qualified workforce
The play workforce should have, or be supported in achieving, the qualifications
required by the Welsh Government’s National Minimum Standards for Regulated
Settings; the accepted qualification levels set out by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills
Council covering Play; and other requirements set out by other associated inspection
and regulatory bodies including CSSIW. The Local Authority should support the
development of the play workforce including the involvement and training of other
professionals within the children’s workforce; volunteers and community members, in
line with the National Occupational Standards for the sector.
The assessment should provide information on the organisational structure of the
policy area which manages the Play agenda and the play workforce.