Playsafe Competition

In association with the British Toy & Hobby Association, the Trading Standards Institute annually holds the Playsafe competition. The aim of the competition is to design a toy or game suitable for children aged 3 -7 years old. There are 2 age groups in which a student can compete in, 6-11 and 12-17. The enthusiastic designers must think of a game that is appealing to a child but also think of the safety aspects of their design.

The entries are judged first by members of staff from West Yorkshire Trading Standards and prizes are given to the winning entrants. The selected entries are then put forward to represent West Yorkshire in the National Playsafe Competition which is held during the Trading Standards Annual Conference where all the selected entries are on display. The eventual winners could win up to 1,000 worth of equipment for their school as well as prizes for themselves.

Designs and notes must include:

  • The safety features.
  • Who the toy will appeal to: a girl, boy or both.
  • The play and child development benefits.
  • If it is for indoor or outdoor use, and is it to be used by a single child or a group.
  • List the safety features that you have included and safety warnings and instructions for use.
  • Materials used.
  • What labelling or instructions would be included in the packaging. Make sure that you include the relevant safety and conformity symbols such as the CE mark, the Lion Mark, and 0-3 age restriction symbol if small parts are used.
  • Think of an apt and witty name for your toy.
  • Remember unique designs earn extra points.

All designs and safety information must be completed on one A3 sheet of paper.

More information about the competition and toy safety can be found on the following sites:

For more information or to register for the competition, please contact Kirsty Lightowler, Education & Promotions Officer, on 0113 384 6452 or by email