About Play Scotland

Play Scotland is the National organisation for play in Scotland, working to promote the importance of play for all children and young people, and campaigns to create increased play opportunities in the community.

To find out more about who we are click here

New booklet – Experimental Play!

Explore and enjoy the fun, thrills, science and wonderful world of messy play!  Email for a FREE pdf copy

Parents & Families

Welcome to our Parents and 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: info@playscotland.org

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.

Latest News >

Would you let a four-year-old light a fire? A safety group says you should

A safety organisation in the Netherlands is campaigning to encourage parents to let children play more dangerously. Dutch children are the...
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It’s not just children who miss out when their play is censored – we all do

Mike Greenway, Director of Play Wales Some time ago when involved in the production of a publication aimed at identifying quality...
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8-26 year olds: Get involved in the Year of Young People 2018

The people behind the Year are looking for 8 to 26-year-olds from all over Scotland to become Year of Young People...
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How Letting Kids Get Dirty Helps Protect From An ‘Oversanitized World’

With the onset of spring, children will want to play outside. When they do, parents might be tempted to whip out...
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Girl, 8, wins swing campaign for disabled brother

A council has installed a special needs swing just days after an eight-year-old girl wrote to them about her disabled twin...
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Latest Blog >

Adrift in the city without a map

For the child living with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the urban landscape can be an alienating, frightening environment. Keith McAllister and...
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Creating is not just a ‘nice’ activity; it transforms, connects and empowers

As a child, when I wasn’t eating, sleeping or at school, I was making. My memories of childhood relate to stuff...
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Introducing real tools in the early years

As with anything in the early years, first-hand real play experiences have so much more to offer than just watching others...
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It’s not just children who miss out when their play is censored – we all do

Mike Greenway, Director of Play Wales Some time ago when involved in the production of a publication aimed at identifying quality...
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Jane Bradley: Childhood is no longer a picnic

Over-protective parenting has denied the next generation the happy adventures of roaming free, says Jane Bradley Our house is currently filled...
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