real play

real play (formerly known as Family FUNS) is a captivating programme which supports families through the power of play.

The real play programme is aimed at 4 – 7 year olds and their families and focuses on the wider benefits of engaging parents/carers in their children's learning, play and physical development from an early age. It has been used by schools and pre-schools with great success across Somerset and has seen incredible impact. real play offers groundbreaking training to support practitioners with a unique approach and fun strategies to encourage families playing, learning and being physically active together. Flexible options for resources allow focused intervention with either groups of families, one-to-one mentoring and even simple ways for whole classes and key stages to be included.

The unique programme includes

  • 1-day training course, for up to 2 members of staff
  • The very best magical resources

Additional supporting resources are available to run a real play club for targeted families can be purchased before or after your training.

A real play club pack includes:

  • A Giant Physical Activity Board Game
  • Posters
  • DVD
  • Session Plans
  • A4 First FUNS pack (Story books and A4 Cards)
  • An impact report
  • Access to an online portal

Home packs can also be purchased for families.

For more information contact:

Toni Smyth on 01823 653990 or email

Somerset parents have said about real play...

'I enjoyed spending time with my son at his school and having a fun time together. We enjoyed all the activities'

'We enjoyed spending time together and learning ways to adapt games so we can play them at home together'

Previous Family FUNS Impact Report

Read about the impact Family FUNS has had at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School'

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Somerset Partnership
    Somerset County Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • Homes in Sedgemoor
    Macmillan Cancer Support
    Community Council for Somerset
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
  • EDF
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
  • Somerset FA
    British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
  • Channel Adventure
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Sports Coach UK