Play Scotland – Delivering the National Play Strategy in Scotland #playeveryday

Valuing play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all our children and young people.

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Parents’ Play Pack 

Download a FREE copy of our new Parents’ Play Pack aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8 to 12 years with ideas for them to  #playeveryday

Research –
From Muddy hands and dirty faces … to higher grades and happy places

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Playful Families

Welcome to our Playful Families page where you will a find a range of services available in Scotland, information and play ideas.

We welcome any ideas you may wish to share with us, email:

Scotland's Play Charter

Are YOU Committed to PLAY?

Play Scotland is promoting Scotland’s first inclusive Play Charter.  This describes a collective commitment to play for all babies, children and young people in Scotland. #playeveryday

Latest News >

Children are being ‘datafied from birth’

Today’s children are the first to be “datafied” from birth and little thought has been given to the consequences, a report...
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Playing it safe? – A global white paper on risk, liability and children’s play in public space

Available data suggests that playgrounds are comparatively safe places – yet, in many countries, concerns about potential liability for injury have...
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Children’s sleep barely affected by screen time, new study finds

Children’s sleep is barely affected by the amount of time spent staring at screens, claims a new study by scientists at the University of...
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Scotland’s Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition Position Statement

“In outdoor settings you can see that children getting out to play everyday is vital for them developing healthy lifeskills that...
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Teach children obesity not inevitable – medics

Children should be taught that obesity is not inevitable, medics have said as they called for better food education for youngsters....
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Latest Blog >

There’s a very good reason why children like to read the same story over and over again

We often hear about the benefits of reading storybooks at bedtime for promoting vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a good relationship with your...
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Playing is Learning

As part of a recent parent survey, we asked parents if they could change one thing about Little Forest Folk, what...
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Say Yes to Play

Play is not only important for physical development and as a way to have fun, but play builds children’s brains, and gives...
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Communicating Risk to Parents

This article will examine the importance of effectively communicating both the risks and benefits associated with outdoor education programs to parents,...
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Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors

In his 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods,” Richard Louv wrote about what he called nature-deficit disorder, and cited about 60...
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