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  • Play types

    Play Wales, October 2017

    This information sheet explores the 16 play types – including creative play, rough and tumble, deep play and social play. It also makes brief comparisons between some of the play types. The various play types attempt to describe the full range of children’s play behaviours and how they might contribute to children’s physical, mental and emotional development. Facilitating the play types in practice to ensure children experience a range of opportunities and experiences requires space, permission and variety. 

    This information sheet is aimed at playworkers, but is also useful for practitioners in schoold and early years settings.

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  • Play, playwork and food

    Sue Bradshaw, August 2017

    This information sheet explores the current health agenda, play and health, how food can be provided in a playwork setting as well as attitudes and values towards food. It also includes case studies from Gwenfro Valley in Wrexham, Meriden Adventure Playground in Birmingham and Glamis Adventure Playground in London.  

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  • Play and digital technology

    Chris Martin, July 2017

    This information sheet takes a critical look at children and young people’s use of mobile phones and other mobile devices, focusing on play. It also examines how children use devices in their play, as well as different perspectives and suggestions to support those working with children.

    While written from a playwork perspective it is also relevant for parents and carers, other professionals working with children, and policy makers.

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  • Participation and consulting with children

    Play Wales, June 2016

    This information sheet explores participation and consulting with children in the playwork context. It also aims to consider why and how we can consult with children in a meaningful way without unnecessarily interrupting their time and freedom to play.    

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  • Promoting physical activity through outdoor play in early years settings

    Play Wales, April 2016

    This information sheet explores how playing contributes to children’s physical activity levels and how early years practitioners can provide permission, time and space, as well as making materials available, for children to play outdoors. It also provides practical advice on thinking sensibly about health and safety.

    The information sheet aims to support early years practitioners to provide physical activity through outdoor play in their settings.

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  • Why make time for play?

    Play Wales, March 2016

    This information sheet provides support for play providers to advocate for staffed play provision. It shows why playing is so important and explores the benefits of staffed play provision for children and the wider community.

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  • Playwork: what’s so special?

    Play Wales, January 2016

    This information sheet provides an overview of what is unique about playwork and the role of the playworker. It describes how playworkers’ work relates to the Playwork Principles in terms of facilitating children’s play and the impact of playworkers and their intervention on children’s play and the play space. It also provides a checklist for facilitating a compensatory play space.

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  • Building resilience - the importance of playing

    Play Wales, November 2015

    This information sheet explores how children’s play contributes to developing resilience and how we as adults can support children to build resilience through play. It also details how playing is an integral part of childhood.

    We are publishing this information sheet to celebrate United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day (20 November) which marks the day the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted in 1989.

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  • Play sufficiency in Wales

    Play Wales, October 2015

    Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for children’s play through the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. The Welsh Government ‘Play Sufficiency Duty’, as it has become known, places a duty on every local authority in Wales to assess for and provide sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas.

    This information sheet provides a brief overview of the Play Sufficiency Duty and the assessment process that local authorities have to undertake. It also describes Welsh Government’s aim to create a play friendly country by providing time, space and permission for children to play.

    The aim of this information sheet is to provide a better understanding about play sufficiency in Wales to those whose work isn’t directly involved with children’s play or who may not be familiar with the legislation.

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  • Hospital play

    Play Wales, September 2015 

    This information sheet aims to describe the role of the health play specialist in terms of supporting the play process to enable sick children to adapt to the health care setting and become more participative in the care they are receiving, and it explores the different types of play interventions used to support children and their families to better understand illness and treatment. The information sheet also explains the importance of providing play opportunities and spaces for children in hospital or community settings such as children’s hospices.

    We are publishing this new information sheet to mark National Play in Hospital Week 2015 (28 September – 2 October).

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  • Play: mental health and wellbeing

    Play Wales, August 2015

    This information sheet briefly explains the importance of playing for brain development and mental health as well as exploring how playing contributes to children’s emotional wellbeing and how it relates to the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.

    We published this information sheet to celebrate Playday 2015.

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  • Making community events playful

    Play Wales, June 2015

    This information sheet aims to support communities to make their local events more playful, how to source resources and offers simple low cost ideas.

    To celebrate The Eden Project Big Lunch on 7 June 2015 we have updated this information sheet. It was originally published, in partnership with Fair Share and the Community Foundation in Wales, in 2012. 

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  • Why playing matters and what we can all do about it

    Play Wales and Cadw, May 2015

    This information sheet, aimed at parents and carers, explores the importance of playing outside and contact with nature for all children and their families and it provides tips for supporting children to play out confidently. 

    This information sheet was published to celebrate National Children's Day UK (17 May 2015)

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  • The Playwork Principles - an overview

    Play Wales, March 2015 

    The information sheet aims to provide an overview of the Playwork Principles which establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork. As well as describing the development of the Playwork Principles the information sheet also briefly explores ethics and playwork.

    This information sheet was published to celebrate St. David’s Day (1 March) here in Wales. 

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  • Advocacy and communication

    Play Wales, January 2015 

    This information sheet aims to provide an introduction to advocating for play and playwork. Aimed at everyone who has an interest in or responsibility for children’s play it offers examples of situations where we might act as advocates and suggestions of methods we can use to advocate for play and playwork.

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  • What is play and why is it important?

    Play Wales, November 2014 

    The information sheet aims to answer two questions: what is play? And why is play important? The information sheet endeavours to draw together the most widely respected statements on play to provide a comprehensive analysis.

    We published this information sheet to coincide with the United Nations Universal Children's Dayon 20 November 2014. 

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  • Safeguarding children

    Sue Bradshaw, March 2013 

    This information sheet provides policy and procedures in relation to safeguarding children for adoption and adaptation at play settings. It also includes guidelines on how to respond to disclosures and advice to support preventing children from future harm.

    This is an updated version of the Safeguarding our children information sheet Play Wales published in 2008.

    The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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  • Inspiring learners: how to be a more effective trainer

    Play Wales, March 2013 

    This information sheet looks at how trainers and assessors can support learners and increase the effectiveness of playwork training. Drawing on the work of Paul Ginnis and others, the information sheet highlights seven key principles behind effective learning. It provides clear and concise information on how playwork trainers and assessors can best support learners.

    The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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  • Play: inclusive provision

    Play Wales/Di Murray, March 2013 

    This information sheet explores the attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers that face disabled children and young people accessing play provision – and how we as play providers and playworkers can overcome them. It also includes the latest policy information and case studies.

    Play Wales worked in partnership with Di Murray to produce this information sheet. It is an updated version of the Inclusive play information sheet Play Wales published in 2007.

    The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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  • Play deprivation: impact, consequences and the potential of playwork

    Professor Fraser Brown, March 2013 

    This information sheet provides a definition of play deprivation, explores its impact and the implications for society. Drawing on his own research and experiences the author also explores the consequences of complete deprivation of play and the potential of playwork.

    The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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  • The role of adults in children's play

    Play Wales, March 2013 

    This information sheet explores why play matters and what we can all do about it. It provides support for adults in understanding how they can best provide time, space, permission and materials for children to play. It also offers suggestions about how we should take action to promote and protect children’s right to play.

    The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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  • Play and early years: birth to seven years

    Janet Moyles, March 2013 

    Written by Janet Moyles this information sheet explores what is play and its importance to and for children’s development in the early years (birth to seven years old). It also explores the importance of adult roles, advocacy and the child’s right to play.

    The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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  • Play and risk

    Tim Gill, March 2013 

    This information sheet aims to set out why a balanced, thoughtful approach to managing risks in children’s play is needed. It also aims to give an overview of risk-benefit assessment, which is widely accepted as a suitable approach.

    The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government.

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  • Participation of children in planning and assessment

    Play Wales, July 2012

    This information sheet and the following accompanying documents have been developed to support local authorities in the participation of children and young people in planning and assessment.

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  • Preparing for Play Sufficiency Assessments

    Play Wales, June 2012

    This information sheet and the following accompanying documents have been produced to help local authorities and their partners to prepare for Play Sufficiency Assessments.
    Roles and Responsibilities

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  • Play spaces: planning and design

    Play Wales, April 2012

    This information sheet explores simple and inexpensive changes and longer term larger scale improvements we can all contribute towards to make play spaces more appealing to all members of the community.

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  • Play spaces: common complaints and simple solutions

    Play Wales, March 2012

    This information sheet explores simple solutions to address common complaints made about play spaces and how we can all make simple improvements to a local play area to make it more appealing to all members of the community.

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  • Play: health and well-being

    Play Wales, March 2012

    This information sheet provides information on why playing is crucial to children's health and wellbeing and explores ways to respond to children's need for more time and space for free play.

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  • Why playwork?

    Play Wales, January 2010

    This information sheet sets out why play is important and how staffed play provision supports children in local communities to access their right to play in their own neighbourhood.

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  • Play deprivation

    Bob Hughes, Play Education, 2003

    An information sheet on the effects of play deprivation. Copyright Play Education.

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