The First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, received the International Play Association (IPA) Right to Play Award when he opened the 18th IPA conference in Cardiff on 4 July 2011. He accepted the Award on behalf of all those people in Wales who are working to make our country a better place for playing children.
The Award is made to innovative projects around the world that support children’s right to play - it is made every three years at the world conference. Wales is the first country ever to receive the Right to Play Award.
The Award is being made in recognition of the progress Welsh Government has made in legislating to uphold children’s rights – and particularly their right to play. Wales was the first country in the world to have a national play policy and this has led the way to, or complemented:
- BIG Lottery Child’s Play programme funding to set up organisations across Wales to support local initiatives that promote and provide for quality play opportunities for children. For the first time, Wales has a play organisation in every region, from Gwynedd to Gwent.
- The Foundation Phase education strategy for 3 – 7 year olds promotes a play based curriculum for our very young ones.
- Groundbreaking legislation that places a duty on local authorities to provide sufficiently for playing children (Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010).
Play Wales submitted the application for the Right to Play Award on behalf of all those people who are working to make Wales a play friendly place. So the Right to Play Award is also made in recognition of the work of all those across Wales who actively support the need and right of all children and young people to play in their own way.
Wales – A Play Friendly Place on Facebook
Play Wales has created a Facebook page for Wales – A Play Friendly Place to help build a network of support for play across Wales. Make sure you’re a fan by ‘liking’ the page.
Also use it to post your opinions, photos and local activity, and gain inspiration. Update us with what’s happening locally which is either protecting or prohibiting children and young people’s right to play. Wales – A Play Friendly Place is a Play Wales campaign that communities can use to establish their own local campaigns for children’s play and be part of a national movement at the same time.