Play Development Team
Our Play Development Team advocates for children’s play and support play in various ways throughout the county. We are based in Community and Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC) and are funded through Families First. The Team offer support and mentoring to anyone interested in volunteering in play settings, volunteers are given the opportunity to access free training and many qualifications.
Go and Play Conwy
National Playday is a UK wide celebration of children’s play. This year's playday was held on Wednesday 7th August 2019 on Rydal Penrhos Playing Fields Brackley Avenue, Colwyn Bay.
Numerous local organisations and council departments come together to plan National Playday in Conwy to ensure that a wide range of play opportunities are made available.
Play opportunities include den building, rope swings, sand and water, messy play, cardboard box city, big bubbles, painting, boat building, junk modelling, cardboard city and much more.
The focus of the events is on children directing their own play and adults are encouraged to allow play to continue without getting too involved. Children will have supervised access to tools, den building, mud and water play supervised by trained playworkers – but PLEASE expect them to get WET and MUDDY.
National Playday is ‘open access’ meaning children can come and go as they please. Parents are advised to attend; under 8’s must be supervised.
The Play Development Team offer support and mentoring to anyone interested in volunteering in play settings. Volunteers are given the opportunity to access free training and many qualifications.
We offer a wide range of training for volunteers, parents and professionals.
What is Play sufficiency? Under section 11 (1) of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure, each Local Authority is required to undertake a play sufficiency assessment every 3 years to assess opportunities for playing within it’s area. In addition we are required to develop an action plan that secures opportunities for children to play. Stakeholders and partners are committed to working together to achieve the aims set out in our play sufficiency action plan so that children in Conwy have access to staffed and unstaffed play provision but also have the best possible opportunities for playing in school, in their communities and beyond.
Conwy’s Play Policy
The Rich Play Award
The Rich Play Award, which has been achieved by numerous schools in Conwy and the whole of North Wales, offers your school the chance to improve the play experiences of your pupils. Schools signing up to the award will receive training for teachers, lunchtime supervisors and after school club workers and parents, workshops for pupils, play sessions and a tailor made play policy. All of this is completely free as the Play Development Team is fully funded by Families First.
After school clubs, play schemes, childminders, early years.
Both the Conwy Play Development Team and the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP) want to encourage childcare providers in Conwy to explore their current environment, their adult led provision and their practice to develop their service to meet the needs of children and for them, where possible, to enhance and extend children’s opportunities to play. Thus, Conwy Play Development Team have commissioned The Rich Play Award Quality Assurance Toolkit that is informal, easy to read and easy to understand so that practitioners can assess their level of quality in relation to play and childcare.
How do we get involved?
No Ball Games Signs
CVSC Play Development Team along with Conwy County Borough Council believe play is important and as many of our open spaces as possible should allow children to play freely. Because of this we believe some No Ball Games Signs should be taken down.
No Ball Games Sign Removal request form – Word document
Meet the team
Principal Play Officer