Teach children obesity not inevitable – medics

11 October, 2018
Categories: News

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

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh said that change is needed to tackle the damaging effects of poor diet and obesity.

The College said that obesity “is not inevitable” in a statement as it called for better education to tackle the issue early on.  Full article


Break times a vital part of school day say global experts

13 September, 2018
Categories: News

School break times can be just as important to the quality of pupils’ education as formal lessons, according to experts.

A major report comparing education systems around the world said many countries were now realising longer breaks were a vital part of the school day.

The report was welcomed by academics, campaigners and teaching unions who believe Scotland should develop more play-based approaches.  

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of the Play Scotland charity, said improving opportunities for play in breaks could be a cost effective “game changer” in the drive to close the attainment gap.

She said: “School break initiatives are amongst the most promising interventions for improving physical activity, academic skills, attitudes, behaviour and social skills.

“Increasing school break times would improve our children’s life chances.”  Full article


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.