Play

Our aim is for Blaenau Gwent to be a County where children are increasingly seen outside enjoying the benefits of play. We have an amazing environment in Blaenau Gwent that is conducive with children’s play and we want to encourage a play friendly environment which provides time, space and permission for children to play. This will need parents, families and professionals in the community to recognise that play is of great importance in children’s present lives and for their future development. We wish to promote positive attitudes towards children’s right to play freely in their communities. 

Play Sufficiency Assessment 

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to assess the sufficiency of play opportunities in the area.  A Play Sufficiency Assessment is completed every three years and an Action Plan is agreed to take forward key priorities to promote every child’s right to play. 

The Play Team works with partners to deliver a wide range of play opportunities for children and young people.  Our Family Information Service can give up-to-date information about play and leisure opportunities available in different areas of the County Borough. 

Play in the Outdoors 

Outdoor Play in natural surroundings is a proven low cost/no cost means to enhance the health and wellbeing of children and families. 

Sustainable Play is a three year programme delivered by Groundworks Wales to increase and enhance the accessibility and quality of children’s outdoor play experiences across Wales. The programme is delivered through Outreach Play teams and aims to engage children and young people aged 0-18.

The Play team will help advocate children’s play through a range of activities including; reclaiming play spaces, supervising risky and free play, engaging with disabled children and young people and instilling confidence and skills in adults so they are more supportive of children and young people playing outside in their local communities. 

Play in Schools 

We are keen to offer rich play environments that best meet the play needs of children and young people of Blaenau-Gwent within their school environments, both for in school and out-of school purposes. 

The Play Team support schools across Blaenau Gwent to assess and develop their play opportunities through guidance and provision of training. 

Play in the Community 

The Play Team is keen to encourage local communities to actively engage with opportunities to promote play.  There is guidance and training available for developing ideas and community groups.  Please contact the Play Sufficiency Officer on 01495 355576.

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Contact Information

Name of Team: Early Years Childcare and Play Team

Telephone Number: 01495 355584

Address: Heart of the Valleys Integrated Childrens Centre, High Street, Blaina, Blaenau Gwent, NP13 3BN

Email Address: Claire.smith@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk