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.

To find out more about who we are click here

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 >

Cheap blocks and boxes backed over high-tech toys this Christmas – study

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Paediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that...
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UK Poverty Report from JRF

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has this week published the 2018 Poverty Report, you can download and read the full report here...
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‘Playground politics’ as Presiding Officer fights for school greenspace

The Scottish Parliament’s presiding officer is bringing a new meaning to the phrase ‘playground politics’ in his bid to ensure children at...
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Online Petition from Children First: We need a senior Cabinet Minister with special responsibility for children and young people

The health and well-being of our children and young people is being challenged as never before. Without urgent action, our children...
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Charity calls for better access to children’s mental health support. The National

Young people in Scotland are demanding equal and better access to mental health support. The call for an improved service has been made...
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Latest Blog >

Learning outdoors: growing explorers, not robots

Look at my baby dragons,” says three-year-old Rubens, gently stroking three polished stones. “They are sleeping now. Shhhh,” he whispers. Sitting...
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Active Students Could Outperform Sitting Students by 16%

The BBC has published an article detailing new research on active students. “International research found that after three years of physically active learning,...
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43 Reasons our Kids Need to Play More by Neve Spicer

Is your child getting enough ‘free play’? Child-led free play – the unstructured time during which children can act out their...
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New Study Underscores Why Fewer Toys Is the Better Option

When it comes to toys, in terms of development and creativity, less is more.  Full blog  
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The truth about screen time, tech and young people

Much of the negative reputation of tech and screens is way ahead of the research, and schools need to recognise the...
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