1. ITV Report

Celebrating Playday in Wales: How important is play in children's lives?

We all know that children like to enjoy playing but the importance of it is being highlighted today right across the country.

The message behind it is that freely chosen play is vital for health, well-being and development.

A climbing wall was one of the attractions at the Caerphilly event

With many councils facing cuts to funding leisure services, there's concern over the impact that may have.

Mike Griffiths explains

Morgan Jones Park in Caerphilly was one of several sites around Wales hosting a free Play Day of activities for children.

The scheme has run across the UK for more than twenty years

The Playday events are intended to 'celebrate children's right to play'

It's really about celebrating play for children, young people and families, and celebrating the importance of play but also their right to play as well.

There's lots of cuts at the moment and everyone is being squeezed that little bit more, but we do have a lot of flexibility in the voluntary sector to try and go for extra grants and to really make these things happen.

– Lisa Williams, Gwent Association of Voluntary Associations