Welcome to Playful communities

This section of our website is aimed at:

  • Community councils
  • Community groups
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Parents, grandparents and carers who want to help improve play areas or places for playing in their neighbourhood
  • Professionals providing who work with children, teenagers and families, giving them advice and guidance
  • Tenants and residents associations.

Playful Communities provides advice and ideas for people wanting to:

  • Understand children’s play
  • Look at ideas about how to support children’s play
  • See examples of playful communities throughout Wales
  • Find out where to go for more support.

Pages in this section

You may come across a few different words about play. Here is what they mean:

Play areas

Also known as playgrounds or equipped play areas. These may have play equipment such as swings, slides and climbing frames.

Places for playing

Any place where children play but which haven’t been designed for children to use. Some will be in towns (streets, parks, skate ramps, open spaces) and others will be in natural areas (beaches, woods, rivers).