The Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan MS has responded to the recommendations in the Ministerial Review of Play steering group report.

In a written statement, the Deputy Minister said:

‘The recommendations of the review are wide ranging and will require cross-government policy consideration and continued collaboration with the sector. I have set out in my response to each recommendation, the steps the Welsh Government intends to take against them. Some of these recommendations can be implemented quickly, others will take time. Where I have accepted a recommendation in principle, we will begin undertaking activities linked to these recommendations as soon as possible so that their full implementation can be explored.

One of our early actions will be to work with the sector to review the statutory guidance for local authorities, along with the Play Sufficiency Assessment (PSA) Toolkit and supporting guidance. We will continue to protect and champion playfulness and continue to build on the progress made in Wales, being a play friendly country giving children and young people the opportunity and freedom to play.’

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs welcomes the publication of the Ministerial Review of Play – Response to the Steering Group recommendations.

We look forward to exploring, with Welsh Government, the suggested milestones from the recommendations ensuring that changes support the Out of School Childcare sector to continue to support a Wales where children play, and communities prosper.

Jane O’Toole | Chief Executive Officer | Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs