Staffed play provision

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Staffed Open Access play provision can be permanent or short-term provision, located in a variety of settings with or without premises.

Whilst the term Open Access applies to registered provision for children under 12 years, such provision usually caters for a wide age range of children, including those 12 years and older. Open access provision for children 12 years and older is un-regulated. The purpose of the provision is to provide staffed play opportunities for children in the absence of their parents. Children are not restricted in their movements, other than where related to safety matters and are not prevented from coming and going as and when they wish. Children have the freedom of choice as to what range of play activity they wish to undertake and with whom they play.

Peripatetic playwork (play rangers) project

An open access, often short term project staffed by a small team of trained playworkers, visiting a different place, a park, estate play area or other public space, once or twice a week for a couple of hours. They will be equipped with ideas and equipment, and will work to help children places to play in their local area, and to reassure parents that it is safe for children to play out.


Why make time for play? - an information sheet which offers 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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