Win tickets to see Scotland V Belgium Live at Hampden Park

16 August, 2018
Categories: News




Play Scotland are delighted to be working with Scotland’s Football Association and Loanhead ASC, giving you a unique opportunity to win tickets to see Scotland v Belgium at Hampden on Friday 7th September 2018.

Tickets are Category A worth £75 each and we are giving you the change to win 2 sets of 2 tickets.

Raffle Tickets are priced £5 for one raffle ticket and a book of 5 raffle tickets is £20.

You can purchase raffle tickets from these 3 options:

  1. From Play Scotland staff members
  2. From Irene Hogg, Loanhead ASC, George Ave, Loanhead EH20 9LA
  3. Pay Online
    You can purchase tickets using PayPal and your ticket numbers will be emailed to you.

Email for payment is

Please include your name, email and mobile phone number in your information box when you send payment.

The draw will take place at 3pm on Thursday 30 August 2018 at Summerlee and a video clip of the draw will be posted on our Twitter account.

Monies are raising funds for two charities Play Scotland SCO29167 and LASC Childcare Services SCO24467.

Good luck!

Play More Campaign

16 August, 2018
Categories: News

Play Scotland are delighted to be part of the Play More campaign from Sudocrem.  You can  take part in the this campaign by nominating your nursery for the chance to win support to improve your outdoor play area.

The Play More campaign, is an initiative designed to encourage parents and children to get back in touch with nature. As part of the campaign, Sudocrem carried out a survey, and this revealed that:

  • 89% of children were unable to recognise a butterfly
  • 51% didn’t know what a bumblebee looks like
  • 29% didn’t realise that bees make honey

Children are not only unable to identify some of the most distinctive insects, but they are also missing out on the adventure which comes with playing outside.

  • 59% of those surveyed admitted that they had never climbed a tree
  • 89% didn’t know what a buttercup was
  • 77% couldn’t identify a sunflower


How to enter:

All you have to do is let the Play More Campaign know why your nursery deserves support to improve its outdoor play area or to win a fabulous hand painted mural.

An entry can be submitted by a teacher, play practitioner, parent, grandparent, member of the community … anyone over the age 18.  Full details can be found here

Closing date 31 August 2018.

National Campaign urges parents to withdraw children from controversial P1 tests. The Herald (online subscription may be required)

16 August, 2018
Categories: News

The controversial practice of testing P1 pupils is facing its biggest challenge after children’s charities, parents’ groups and teaching unions launched a joint campaign to derail the policy.


Under the unprecedented move families with five-year-olds starting school this week will be invited to withdraw their children from the contentious literacy and numeracy assessments, introduced last year.


Marguerite Hunter-Blair, chief executive officer of Play Scotland, said playful experiences rather than tests improved children’s learning.


She added: “Through supported play, the under-sevens can thrive, learn, develop and grow in confidence to make choices, enjoy activities, become interested and curious.


Children need opportunities to be creative, to make friends and develop social skills, use a range of tools safely and take manageable risks.  These are the practical tests that matter.  The test of opportunities, exploration and everyday adventures.”


Full article


PLAY, Not tests, for P1 Campaign

16 August, 2018
Categories: News

A joint campaign from Upstart Scotland, The Educational Institute of Scotland, Play Scotland, Children in Scotland, Connect and ACE-Aware Nation was launched this week.


Full information can be found on the Upstart website here

UK Children’s Commissioners’ Stand Together for the Child’s Right to Play

1 August, 2018
Categories: News

The UK’s annual celebration of play – Playday 2018 – takes place on Wednesday August 1.

This year, all four children’s commissioners from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales stand together to support the importance of children’s play as an essential aspect of childhood as thousands of children across the four nations attend organised Playday events.  Full details can be found here


Parents warned over ‘toxic’ slime, BBC News

18 July, 2018
Categories: News

Parents are being warned about potentially toxic levels of chemicals in slime toys popular with children.

The consumer group Which? tested 11 of the most popular products on the market and found eight of them had above the recommended levels of boron. Full article


Green Flag awards for 71 Scottish parks

16 July, 2018
Categories: News

Altogether 71 parks from across Scotland have been presented with the Green Flag Award this year. The accolade recognises the provision of clean, safe outdoor space – making sure that everyone has access to quality green and open spaces the length and breadth of the country.  Full details here


A More Active Scotland, Scottish Government

13 July, 2018
Categories: News

“We want all of Scotland’s children and young people to have the opportunity to experience the joys of movement, and the social, emotional and physical wellbeing that comes through play.”  Scottish Government

Full document can be downloaded here