Playschemes and clubs

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Play clubs

Newport City Council runs open access, free play clubs for children aged 5 - 12 years across the city.

Parents and carers must complete a consent form to allow their child to attend.

Children choose the activities they take part in which include sports, arts and crafts, den building, messy play and risky play.

For more information email


  • Rivermead Centre, Rogerstone, 3.30pm - 4.30pm  (fortnightly)
  • Monnow Primary School, Bettws, 5,15pm - 6.15pm


  • St Woolos Primary School, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Moorland Community Centre, 5.30pm - 6.30pm




  • Maesglas Community Centre, 3.30pm - 4.30pm


Playschemes provide play opportunities run by play workers for children aged 5-12 years in a safe and stimulating environment.

If your child has specific requirements please discuss this with the play development team below.

Playschemes are child-led and give children the opportunity to control their play and challenge themselves to take emotional and physical risks in a safe environment. 

Playschemes run during the February and October half-term holidays, at Easter and for four weeks of the summer holidays. 

Parents and carers should complete a registration form on the child’s first visit to playscheme which is renewed annually. 

There are several types of playscheme:

  • Main sites - available all day for children 8-12 years. Children aged 5-7 years attend an afternoon session only (1.30pm-3.30pm) to comply with CSSIW (Care and Social Services Inspectorate in Wales) regulations
  • CSSIW sites - registered with CSSIW to provide all-day play for children aged 5-12 years.There are limited places for children under 8 years which are allocated on a first come first served basis to keep the correct ratio of qualified staff to children
  • Outreach - outtoors in all weather conditions and there are usually no toilet facilities. Children should be dressed to suit the weather conditions, don't forget sun protection when it's hot
  • Specialist playscheme - runs during the summer holidays only for children aged 5-12 who have complex care needs on referral by a teacher, GP, occupational therapist, social worker etc
  • Activity scheme - runs during February and October half-term holidays, at Easter and during the summer holidays for children aged 11+ where a referral has been made by a teacher, GP, occupational therapist, social worker etc

Open access

Newport City Council playschemes are open access and children can choose what they want to play and who they want to play with.  

Children may arrive and leave the playscheme at any time during the published hours although parents are asked to instruct their child not to leave the site without telling a playworker.

Newport City Council does not accept any responsibility for the care, control and supervision of children travelling to the playscheme or after they have left the site. 

Should any child wish to leave playscheme during the day, they are required to sign in and out and ensure they notify a playworker of their departure.  

Families First play development

Supporting families through play

Play development is part of the 'confident and nurturing families' strand under Families First.

The aim is to support families through play, building resilience and positive relationships.

Play has positive benefits for children and adults improving emotional, social and physical wellbeing and can help with: 

  • Positive relationships - reinforcing positive responses to challenging behaviour, setting goals, positive praise and creating boundaries through play
  • Emotional and physical wellbeing - building relationships with siblings and parents, communication, engaging in play and undertaking daily activities, building confidence and resilience.
  • Social isolation - accessing daily services, interaction with peers outside the home, leaving the house regularly, using outdoor spaces
  • Community provision - exploring and engaging environments using play activities in their home, garden, local parks and provision.


For further information or if your child needs additional support to attend a play club email or contact Newport City Council and ask for the play development team.