Girl, 8, wins swing campaign for disabled brother

24 March, 2017
Categories: News

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

Naomi Gwynne accused South Lanarkshire Council of “forgetting” about her brother Isaac, after he was unable to use new equipment in their local park.  Full article

Children not allowed to “play out” until age ten, Scotsman

23 March, 2017
Categories: News

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, pointed to a recent study that showed that high school children often have the road safety skills of five year olds in the 1970s.

She said: “However, we are being overprotective. The underlying problem is that parents are undermining the competence of their children, which means that they roam less far than they would have done in the past.”

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Girl, 8, writes to council over swing for disabled brother

21 March, 2017
Categories: News

Naomi wrote to the authority after visiting the new park near their home in Hamilton and seeing that Isaac could not use the assisted swings as they were too small.

She wrote: “I like the new park but please could you make a disabled swing for it?

“Isaac my twin brother is too big for a baby swing but can’t hold on to the bars of the grown up swings.

“His favourite thing is a swing and we are both sad. Why did you forget about him? I have drawn a swing he would like. Thank you.”  Full article


VACANCY with Play Scotland – Trainer/Assessors Required

16 March, 2017
Categories: News

Play Scotland Vacancies
Trainer/Assessors Required

There is an exciting opportunity to deliver a new qualification which has been designed specifically with a view to support organisations/local authorities interested in analysing the play sufficiency of their services. The development of the qualification was driven by the Scottish Government Play Strategy, which aims to promote and improve play and play spaces for children and young people in Scotland.

The PDA: Strategic Planning for Play, is a CPD qualification developed by a partnership of Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scottish Government, Play Scotland, SkillsActive and Inspiring Scotland.

The key outcomes of the Scottish Play Certificate are:

  • Play and Play Spaces
  • Play, policy and community
  • Evaluating and analysing the impact of play on children and young people
  • Evaluating Play Sufficiency

As the qualification is to be delivered in local authorities across Scotland, we are seeking to employ either sessional trainers/assessors or self employed trainers/assessors to deliver the qualification locally.

Applicants should be motivated, able to work on their own initiative, with a very good knowledge of the importance of play and the playwork principles, and experience in consulting with children and young people.  Applicants should have a relevant qualification in play, childhood studies or community work at SCQF Level 8 or above, and have an assessor qualification.

Please send your CV in the first instance to – Cherie Morgan at


Note: We would be grateful if you could share this round your networks and add to information bulletins where applicable.

Thank you.


14 March, 2017
Categories: News

Play is one of the most important means by which children learn and develop. It supports learning, language and social development, and enhances creativity. It also overlaps with the nurture agenda, supporting children to develop healthy and supportive relationships and attachments, making them feel valued by others and confident in themselves, and teaching them how to communicate constructively and positively. In all of this, it is about equipping them with the emotional and mental resilience to deal with the challenges of life – and these are skills for life.

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Lego to build up digital games as sales hit record high

14 March, 2017
Categories: News

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, said: “If you can use the digital element with children who are digitally engaged to reinvigorate the manual and physical use of Lego, and the creativity that unlocks, then that’s great. “It would be very disappointing if the company sees its future as taking Lego digitally. There are a limited number of toys which give you the opportunity to create thing the way Lego does and foster the hand-eye coordination.” She added: “However, I would understand that a company which is always trying to increase its profit margin is looking to see how they can tap further into the digital market without losing its main powerbase.”

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