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A manifesto for play – England


Play England, the Playwork Foundation and International Play Association England have published a joint Manifesto for Play. Published ahead of a possible Westminster Government general election, the manifesto includes four policy proposals for children’s play in England.

The Manifesto for Play calls on political parties to include the four following pledges in their election manifestos:

  • Leadership – create a Cabinet minister for children with responsibility for play
  • Legislation – make planning for play a statutory duty
  • Investment – more and better play opportunities, spaces and services for children including play in parks and public spaces, playgrounds, play streets, after school and holiday play schemes, adventure playgrounds and schools
  • Delivering for play – investment in quality support and training for professionals.


Chair of Play England, Nicola Butler said:

‘It’s time to start taking play seriously. Too many children and young people in England are unable to enjoy a wide range of play opportunities and are losing out on the benefits of play. Children tell us that play makes them happy and is an important part of their daily lives. They want more and better opportunities to play.’ 

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Play Wales says:

'Play Wales supports the efforts made by play organisations in England to highlight to the Westminster government the importance of play for children’s well-being and happiness.  We urge UK politicians across all parties to support the Manifesto and be mindful of the commitment shown to play by the Welsh Government and other devolved nations.'

More information about play sufficiency in Wales