The aim of the Play Policy for County Meath is to improve the play environment for all children under 18 years of age within the county.
The Councils existing Play Policy which was produced with the assistance of partner agencies and through consultation with communities, schools, voluntary groups and children across the county, is available below.
This is a comprehensive framework for the development of children’s play in the county.
The Vision outlined in the Policy is “to provide quality, accessible, age appropriate and safe play opportunities and to ensure the play needs of every child in Meath are met.”
The child is at the centre of this Policy. The principles underpinning the approach to play are:
- partnership between agencies dealing with children,
- promotion of a child-friendly environment,
- consultation with children,
- universal access for all abilities,
- community involvement and
- quality standards.
The policy outlines the many excellent services and facilities already in place in the county that provide for children’s play, but it also identifies the gaps where communities and children need improvement in the play environment, through analysis of population trends, local consultation and an audit of existing facilities.