Consultation on the provision of Play opportunities in Denbighshire

Why are we doing this?

Hello. We're consulting on the provision of play opportunities for children and young people in Denbighshire.


Every three years the Council undertakes an assessment of the play opportunities available in Denbighshire to determine that:

  • Enough play opportunities is available now and for future needs
  • That the play opportunities being provided is fit for purpose

What do we mean by play?

Welsh Government described play as: "Play encompasses children’s behaviour which is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated

  • Freely chosen means that children themselves choose when, how and what to play. Play is not part of a set programme and does not have any steps that need to be completed.
  • Personally directed means children themselves control the content of their play and they decide the rules and roles they take when playing.
  • Intrinsically motivated means that play is undertaken for its own sake, and not performed for any reward, certificate or status. Play is the process that children are involved in rather than the end product.

Play transcends age, ability, ethnicity, social standing, religion and gender. It can take many different forms and it has many different characteristics. It is this scope and potential in play that makes it inclusive to all children and young people.

What do we mean by 'play provision'?

Play provision means safe spaces and any equipment used to facilitate play. Included are things like:

  • Outdoor playgrounds and recreational spaces
  • Play centres and youth clubs

Not included are things like:

  • Clubs or organised groups which meet to perform tasks which are directed by adults such as:
    • Sports clubs where directed by adults
    • Arts / music clubs or classes where directed by adults

What the assessment found:

In summary, the key findings of the assessment were:

  1. There is a lack of play opportunities for children with additional needs and disabilities.
  2. Consultation suggests that children have a lack of play opportunities outside of school.
  3. Play is too easily ignored when faced with budget pressures and more pressing agenda items.

You can download the full assessment and read the detailed findings below:

Denbighshire County Council Play Sufficiency Assessment 2022

Note: This draft document is created from a template that does not meet accessibility guidelines. We will work to make sure that the final version meets accessibility guidelines as soon as possible. Find out what we're doing to improve accessibility

A paper copy of the assessment document will also be available to read at the following location:

The Oak Tree Centre, Ffordd Las, Rhyl, LL18 2DY



What do we want to know?


We would like your feedback on the assessment. Your views will help us to shape our plan for the next 3 years.

Are the findings accurate? Do you have suggestions as to how we can work to address some of the issues or concerns raised as a result of the assessment?

To take part in the consultation, please get in touch with us in one of the following ways:

  • Email
  • Complete the online feedback form
  • Write to: Families Information Services, The Oak Tree Centre, Ffordd Las, Rhyl, LL18 2DY

The closing deadline for all responses is 12th August 2022


Location: Denbighshire County Council

  • Start date 20 July 2022
  • End date 12 August 2022
  • Methods Consultation Document, Questionnaire - Online
  • Supplier Denbighshire County Council

What we found out

Please check back for results

What difference has it made?

Related documents


Department/ service area:

Education and Children`s Services

Full address:

County Hall
Wynnstay Road
LL15 1YN


Head of Education and Children`s Services .

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