About Us

LogoReading Play is a section of the Directorate of Environment and Neighbourhood Services at Reading Borough Council. At Reading Play our main aim is to provide play opportunities 0 to 13 year olds through play. Encouraging new learning and social experiences through play is an ethos that we put forward through all the services we provide, be it our After School Clubs, Holiday Playclubs, and events that we hold such as the Summer Play Days. We ensure that all of Reading’s children, young people and families have fair and equal access to free play activities on a daily basis.

With our extensive background and knowledge of play and early years education we work with our customers to create a unique play experience.

Underlining Principles

Play is an essential part of every child's life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.” Play England, 2013

Here are the underling principles for the Reading Play service:

The provision of a high quality service is crucial to us and we aim to show that through our staffing and use of recreational open spaces and parks. We require all our Playworkers to have at least gained or to be working towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification (or equivalent) in Playwork. We feel that having qualified staff maximises the child’s development through play and improves the overall standard of the play experience.

All our activities and services are risk assessed and managed in a controlled state by qualified staff. In relation to childcare we ensure that we meet all health and safety requirements, and ratios. All our staff have been checked through an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) inspection and have Safeguarding (Young Persons) Training.

Behaviour and Well-being
At Reading Play we encourage physical activity that is not just restricted to a sporting environment. We believe that we can educate children in the importance of a healthy lifestyle, thus tackling the potential issue of obesity at an early age. We also recognise that to young children our staff will be considered role models, and as such we teach the importance of valuing communities and promoting positive behaviour.

In improving a child’s mental and physical ability we like to provide challenges through play (“Enjoy & Achieve”). We aim for our play activities to be stimulating and engaging, and we believe this is crucial to child development. We feel that the element of challenge builds a child’s character and is important in the early stages of a child's development. Whilst this is our belief we also realise the importance of providing challenges that are controlled and managed responsibly by qualified staff. In essence we aim to test a child’s boundaries in a controlled state.

Innovation and Creativity
Our goal as a service is to continue leading the way in innovative play opportunities across Reading. It is essential for us to consider new and exciting ideas, in order to challenge ourselves as well as the children. We also look to consult with children and families in developing the service and finding out what ‘Play’ means to people.


Are you interested in receiving email updates about our services?
If you are, please send an email to reading.play@reading.gov.uk
or phone 0118 937 2632.

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