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Community Play in the Vale

It is vital to children's health and wellbeing that they have access to good quality play opportunities. 


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Play can be experienced by children on their own without adult supervision in a variety of spaces. Play can be supported by parents/carers within the home or in the fantastic range of outdoor spaces across the Vale. Play can also be supported by playworkers in playschemes, Play Ranger sessions, after school clubs and events.


Play comes in many forms. Examples of the types of play include:

  • Outdoor play - using the fantastic outdoor environment that the Vale has to offer including country parks, beaches, woodlands, parks and open spaces.

  • Messy play - children need to experience getting muddy, wet and covered in paint and goo! It enables them to explore different textures, experiment and is lots of fun!

  • Sensory play - it is important to enable children to experience different senses such as smell and touch.

  • Creative/imaginative play - this helps young children to develop their senses through exploration and discovery, building, creating, devising and role play.


Play in the Community (PIC and Mix) Programme 

The Play in the Community (PIC and Mix) programme offers community led play opportunities across the Vale of Glamorgan.  


The PIC and Mix Programme includes:

  • Playschemes - Our Open Access Playschemes can be delivered from various community buildings across the Vale

  • Play Rangers - Our Open Access Play Rangers sessions can be delivered from parks and open spaces across the Vale

  • Healthy, Active and Playing In/Outdoors - Our Open Access Sports and Play sessions are delivered in both indoor and outdoor settings across the Vale 

  • Parent/Carer Play Workshops - Our workshops can be delivered in-person or virtually 

  • Play To Go - Our Play To Go Project offers free resource hire to promote the child's right to play, this includes family packs and our Play Takeaway Menu for community groups

  • Parts for Play - Our Loose Parts Project provides equipment to improve play in schools both during and out of school hours

  • Buy a Day of Play - Our priced play packages for events and business use



For more information on Community Play opportunities please contact our Community Play Development Officer, Julia Sky: