National play policy

Please note: This page contains a range of resources produced by Play England in support of the last government’s Play Strategy.

A new UK government took office on 11 May 2010 and the Play Strategy may not reflect current government policy.

A ministerial task force on Childhood and Family policy, chaired by the Prime Minister, is currently considering new solutions to providing ‘spaces where [children] can play, where they can feel completely free, where they can safely push at the boundaries, learning and experimenting. Places where different generations can meet, binding the community together’ (Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, 17 June 2010).

As the Coalition government’s play policy takes shape, new resources will appear here as they are produced. In the meantime, many of the current resources may still be found to be relevant and useful.

About the Play Strategy

In 2008, the first national Play Strategy set out the last government’s vision and commitments for better play opportunities in England.

As well as focusing on the specific places where children play, like parks and green spaces, schools and children’s centres, the Play Strategy also considers how communities and neighbourhoods can become more child-friendly overall.

The Play Strategy was published by the then Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Play England produced two documents summarising the main commitments announced the Play Strategy for England.

Download The Play Strategy summary (short version) [85KB PDF]

Download The Play Strategy summary (long version) [105KB PDF]

Play England also published a summary of the consultation document which preceded this, Fair Play.

Embedding the Play Strategy

In 2010 the last government published non-statutory guidance to assist local authorities and their partners in the planning needed to improve local play offers.

The publication was designed to help local decision makers put children’s play at the heart of their local communities. It shows how planning and investing in local play space – and considering children’s needs within the wider environment – can benefit children, families and whole communities.

The guidance is based on the publication of the same name, which Play England wrote and submitted to government following an open consultation in October 2009. Play England encouraged all agencies and professionals with a role in delivering the Play Strategy to respond.

Embedding the Play Strategy was published by the then Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Download
The Play Strategy summary (short version) [85KB PDF]

The Play Strategy summary (long version) [105KB PDF]