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 >

Children need to be in the right mental state to learn effectively

There is a crisis in mental health for young people. Services are operating in silos and they are not working for...
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Dad play with babies ‘boost mental growth’

Fathers who interact more with their babies during the first few months of life may boost their child’s mental development, experts...
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Too much sunscreen ‘making people vitamin D deficient’ Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/too-much-sunscreen-making-people-vitamin-d-deficient-1-4434668

Slathering on sunscreen could be one of the factors behind people becoming vitamin D deficient, a new study suggests.  Full article...
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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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Latest Blog >

Playday Survey 2017

What do you think about playing today and how have play opportunities changed for children, families and communities through time?  We...
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Meet the world’s first professor of play

Cambridge University has appointed the world’s first ever professor of play, Paul Ramchandani. A researcher who has spent the last 15...
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Parties for Play?

The UN (2016) has been clear – and a range of evidence confirms – that the UK government needs to commit...
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Dramatic rise in screen time putting children’s health at risk, WHO warns

A dramatic increase in screen time is putting children’s health at risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. A rise in social...
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Children and video games: a parent’s guide

For me, parenting often feels like endlessly having to say no. No, we can’t have Kinder Eggs for breakfast. No, we...
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