Community-based open access play schemes provided by Monmouthshire County Council during the summer holidays have proved very popular with as many as 98 children booked in for activities at Caldicot Rugby Club. Operating across the county, the schemes will continue to run every weekday until Thursday 25th August.
Parents or carers must accompany their child on the first day they attend to register their place and all children under eight must be delivered and collected by a responsible adult. Schemes are free and children may use more than one site.
Children will be free to undertake any available play activity and will be unrestricted in their movements apart from when limited by safety concerns. These schemes provide supervised play opportunities for children in the absence of parents or carers but organisers are keen to state that they do not constitute formal childcare provision.
The schemes operate at:
- Abergavenny Youth Centre from 10am to 12noon
- Deri View Primary School, Abergavenny from 1pm to 3pm
- Kymin View Primary School, Monmouth from 10am to 12noon
- Monmouth Sportsground pavilion from 1pm to 3pm
- Bulwark Community Centre, Chepstow from 10am to 12noon
- Thornwell Primary School, Chepstow from 1pm to 3pm
- Magor Primary School from 10am to 12noon
- Caldicot Rugby Club from 1.30 to 3.30pm
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for play schemes, Councillor Liz Hacket Pain said: “I’m very pleased that these schemes are so well subscribed. We’re keen to promote these activities to encourage well-being and this initiative contributes to a healthy lifestyle as well as allowing children to socialise.”
The open access play schemes are delivered by the Torfaen Play Service on behalf of the county council, with financial support from the town councils of Abergavenny, Monmouth, Caldicot and Chepstow and a number of community councils, as well as funding from the Welsh Government’s Families First Programme.
For more information, including access to support to attend the open access play schemes, parents and carers of children should contact Andrea Sysum of the Torfaen Play Service – firstname.lastname@example.org – telephone 01495 742951 or 07980 695717.