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ASSEMBLY REVIEW OF CHILDREN'S PLAY IN WALES WELL UNDERWAY

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The review into children's play in Wales is well underway said health and social services secretary Jane Hutt follo...
The review into children's play in Wales is well underway said health and social services secretary Jane Hutt following a meeting with Play Study co-ordinator Marianne Mannello who has been seconded to the national assembly to carry out the study.

On what was also the last day of Playday 2000, a week long series of events focusing on the importance of play, Jane Hutt said she welcomed the developments that have been made so far in relation to play facilities in Wales and that the assembly would be discussing the findings of the Play Study in the autumn.

She said: 'In May, I allocated£1m in grant funding to help address the needs of the children in Wales, particularly those living in deprived areas. We must improve open access play provision in the most deprived communities in Wales as well as back long term developments and encourage new ways of working.

'I am pleased to see that the grant funding is already being put to use so that children who live in these areas to get involved in a variety of fun activities and play provision.'

The review into the current state of open access play provision throughout Wales, which is being carried out by the assembly in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Play Wales is also being funded by the Play Grant Scheme.

Jane Hutt continued: 'The review will be identifying main issues that need to be addressed to improve play opportunities, particularly in the deprived areas of Wales as well as highlighting examples of good practice and innovation.

'The findings of the review will inform the assembly's discussions in the autumn when we will considering children's play in Wales and the use made of grant received under this scheme.'

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