About Playful Childhoods

Play is an important part of a happy and healthy childhood for every child. Playing is fun and has always been part how children and teenagers learn and grow. It is one of the most important parts of their lives.

Children and teenagers value having time, space and support to play at home and in their local community. They tell us they want more opportunities to play outside with their friends. As adults, it’s our responsibility to make sure this happens.

Parents, grandparents and carers

Parents, grandparents are very important supporters of children’s play. If that is you, you’ll find Playful Childhoods full of information and ideas – whether your child is playing peek-a-boo, jumping in puddles or starting to venture out on their own.

Our All about Play and Play Ideas sections aim to help you support your child’s play and feel confident about letting them play outside in the community.

All adults interested in supporting children’s play

Groups such as Residents’ Associations, Parent Teacher Associations, town and community councils all have a vital role in making playful communities across Wales. If your group is interested in supporting children’s play, there are many different ways you can do it. For example:

  • organising outdoor events
  • campaigning for children’s play areas
  • helping to promote changes in attitudes and practices.

Our Play in the Community section provides advice about planning play areas and campaigning for play. It also includes a rich selection of inspiring examples of projects and groups across Wales that are making sure children have opportunities to play.


Playful Childhoods is a Play Wales campaign.


Our mission. To help adults give children a happy, healthy childhood through play. Every day.

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