Information for Parents

Playschemes for Younger Children

The Play Service delivers a modern range of services to meet aspirations and needs of local children aged 6 –14 years. The Service provides opportunities to explore challenging activities within acceptable levels of risk. The Play Service pro-actively responds to children's needs and fosters the child's:
  • Social and emotional well-being
  • Healthy growth and development
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Creativity
  • Capability to learn in a safe and informal play environment

The Play Service delivers five all year round Open Access play settings; Beechwood, Charing Cross, Gautby Road, Livingstone Street, Leasowe Adventure Playground and the Lottery funded 'Play for All' Inclusion Project. In conjunction with Wirral Play Council, it works to deliver a comprehensive summer programme consisting of 25 temporary summer holiday playschemes, Community Play Rangers, 'PlayPoint' Play Practitioners Projects and a specialist scheme for children with disabilities.

In each open access play centre, children can engage in freely chosen play opportunities, which help them to develop a sense of ownership, whilst respecting the rights of others who use the same play space.

Playworkers endeavour to support, rather than direct the children, to facilitate a play environment based on children's wants and developmental needs, which stimulates their creativity whilst maximising their potential. Children also have the opportunity to take risks using the 'safety net' of play workers who support, tolerance, openness and possibility.

Most activities are free of charge and all children attending a play scheme are required to complete a confidential registration form which provides the individual details needed to support your child whilst attending the play scheme. All staff are suitably qualified and have an enhanced CRB clearance.

All play settings are registered and inspected by OFSTED.

We have a duty to promote the welfare of children and to safeguard them from harm. If, for any reason we feel concerned for the well being of a child than we must bring it to the attention of those who can help.

For further information and session opening times please download the Full-Time Play Service Provision document, from Wirral Council's main website.
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