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Welcome to Play Wales

Championing children’s play

The national charity for children’s play in Wales.

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About us

We champion every child’s need and right to play.

We envision a future where play is valued in Wales for being crucial to a healthy and happy childhood. A country where children can freely explore, discover, develop and grow through play.

We campaign for a play-friendly Wales by leading with intention, collaborating with inclusivity, educating with enthusiasm, and supporting with sensitivity.

Play

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Playing is one of the most important aspects of children’s lives. Children value time, freedom and quality places to play. When asked about what matters to them, children consistently mention playing and meeting up with their friends.

Playwork

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Playwork is child-centred and ensures that play is the main focus when adults and children spend time together. Playwork is a recognised occupation with a set of professional standards, training, qualifications and careers.

Play policy and legislation

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Playing is an important part of children’s and teenagers’ lives and happens wherever they spend time. As a champion for play, Play Wales contributes to a range of policy debates and decisions – including those on children’s rights, health and wellbeing and workforce development.

Resources library

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Our range of resources raises awareness about the importance of play for children and teenagers. These also offer good practice guidelines on a variety of topics about providing opportunities to play.

Upcoming events

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Play Wales Event

Playworkers Forum 2024 Playworkers Forum 2024

Location

Willow Globe, Rhayader, Powys

Date & Time

03-04/07/2024 /

Cost

£55

A two-day, residential playwork training event under canvas that gives playworkers the opportunity to learn from each other and experienced playwork trainers

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Events

Play Wales national conference – 21 November 2024 Play Wales national conference – 21 November 2024

Location

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date & Time

21/11/2024 /

Save the date for our annual conference, taking place in November 2024.

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