The Welsh Government has issued supplementary guidance to its Community Focused Schools resources. It highlights the benefits of developing community engagement – including supporting children’s right to play.
Annex 4: Developing community engagement in Community Focused Schools explains how schools can engage with communities to support the needs of their learners and families, and benefit the wider community. It notes:
‘Some communities may lack suitable places for play. School grounds often represent the largest single outdoor asset in many communities. Opening school grounds for play has a significant role in addressing the urgent need to ensure that more children can access outdoor play.’
The guidance identifies key partnership organisations, including Play Wales. It features Play Wales resources which can support schools to open their school grounds.