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Play Sufficiency

Play Sufficiency in Wales is a comprehensive and ongoing initiative that aims to ensure that children across Wales have access to high-quality play opportunities that contribute to their overall well-being and development.

It is a national effort to recognise and promote the importance of play in children's lives and to create environments that support and encourage play in various forms. Here's an overview of the Play Sufficiency agenda in Wales and Flintshire:

Key Components of Play Sufficiency in Wales

Legal Framework: The Welsh Government has enshrined the right to play in legislation. The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 places a duty on local authorities to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas.

Local Authority Responsibility: Local authorities in Wales are responsible for implementing the Play Sufficiency agenda within their communities. They are required to conduct play assessments, develop play strategies, and work collaboratively with partners to ensure play opportunities are available.

Play Assessments: Local authorities regularly assess the play needs and preferences of children in their communities. These assessments identify gaps in play provision and inform local strategies to enhance play opportunities.

Play Strategies: Local authorities develop play strategies that outline how they will meet the play needs of children in their areas. These strategies encompass a range of actions, including creating play spaces, supporting playwork, and collaborating with schools and communities.

Community Engagement: Play Sufficiency involves engaging with children, families, and communities to understand their play priorities and to create play spaces and experiences that are responsive to their needs.

Playwork Development: Playwork, which is the practice of supporting children's play in a way that is child-led and focused on their well-being, is a key element of Play Sufficiency. Training and support for playworkers contribute to the creation of quality play experiences.

Benefits and Objectives

Child Well-Being: Play Sufficiency recognises that play is crucial for children's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. It contributes to their overall well-being and happiness.

Child Participation: The initiative empowers children to participate in decisions that affect their play opportunities, ensuring their voices are heard and respected.

Community Building: Play spaces and play events foster a sense of community, encouraging interactions among families, neighbours, and local organisations.

Inclusivity: Play Sufficiency focuses on ensuring that all children, including those with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds, have equal access to play opportunities.

Physical Activity: Active play contributes to children's physical fitness and helps address concerns about sedentary lifestyles.

Challenges and Progress

Implementing Play Sufficiency may face challenges such as securing funding for play spaces, addressing safety concerns, and ensuring a balance between structured and unstructured play. However, the initiative has made significant progress in raising awareness about the importance of play and integrating it into Flintshire County Council policies and practices.

Play Sufficiency in Wales is a dynamic initiative that recognises the intrinsic value of play in children's lives. It involves collaboration between government, local authorities, communities, and children themselves to create environments that support play, fostering children's well-being, development, and happiness.

Download our Play Sufficiency Assessment 2022