The Play Diary (Events/Training)

 

Should you have a relevant event or training would like to see
included in the Play Diary, please email us  Subject: The Play Diary

 

2018 celebrates the Year of Young People. Full details can be found here

 

April

Introduction to Loose Parts, Play Midlothian
Thursday 19 April, Newtongrange

This training session introduces the concept of ‘Loose Parts Play’ and explores the benefits this offers children in their play setting. Participants will have the opportunity to explore both theory relating to loose parts play and the various resources that can be used. This course is suitable for practitioners working with children of all ages, including babies and older children.

Full details can be found here

 

Get Free Play (Loose Parts) Training, Smart Play Network
Friday 20 April, Dundee

Learn to make the most of loose parts and scrap materials.

Smart Play Network Members £65  Non members £75
For full details email training@smartplaynetwork.org


Pedagoo Outdoor Learning Conference – FREE 
Saturday 21 April, Strathclyde Country Park, North Lanarkshire

What is this all about?

#PedagooOL is all about Outdoor Learning.  It will provide great opportunities to connect with like minded colleagues and share practice. Come along to make new connections, build on existing ones and become part of a supportive network of outdoor learning practitioners.

#PedagooOL is open to practitioners from ASN, Early Years, Primary and Secondary establishments across Scotland and the event is of course free!

Full details can be found here

 

Parenting across Scotland 2018 conference: Supporting Families
26 April 2018

This major conference run by Parenting across Scotland looks at the impact of austerity and welfare reform on families using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a framework for supporting families.

Many families in Scotland are struggling because of austerity. Finances, housing and health are all under pressure. For families to thrive, parenting or family support alone are not enough: parents need sufficient income, adequate housing and good health care.   Full details can be found here

 

May

Play Works 6, West Lothian – SOLD OUT
6 May

Details can be found here

Drama-Led Play Training with Licketyspit
8 May, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Edinburgh

Full details can be found here


Outdoor Classroom Day
17 May

Play Scotland support Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.  Full details can be found here


Children’s Day UK

19 May

National Children’s Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.  Full details can be found here

Drama-Led Play Training with Licketyspit
24 May, Oakwood Primary School, Glasgow

Full details can be found here

 

June 

Shetland Play Convention
Saturday 9th June, Lerwick

Scotland’s Play Convention – Shetland

Play Scotland are delighted to be hosting Scotland’s 2nd Play Convention on Saturday 9th June in Lerwick, Shetland.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers:

  • Tim Gill, Rethinking Childhood
  • Henry Mathias, Care Inspectorate
  • Bob Hughes, Play Theorist
  • Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland
  • Lesley Fox, CEO, Smart Play Network
  • Virginia Radcliffe, Director, LicketySpit
  • Kate Coutts, Nesting Primary School, Shetland

Choice of workshops:

  • Challenging Play, Play Scotland
  • Peep Learning Together Programme
  • LicketySpit Theatre
  • Play Talk Read
  • Fire pits and more!

Should you have any queries please let us know

Booking form Shetland Play Convention

WILDHOOD – A Children’s Festival, 9th & 10th June, Tullibole Castle

Full details can be found here

 

Play on the Longest Day
21 June

Celebrate the Child’s Right to Play on the Longest Day.  Full details on Playday can be found here

 

July

Have a Field Day
7 July

Have a Field Day is a national celebration of our parks and green spaces, taking place on the first Saturday of July each year. For 2018, Have a Field Day will be Saturday 7th July when thousands of people across the UK will come together on their local parks and green spaces to celebrate why they are so special to their local communities.

Have a Field Day is all about having fun at your local park with friends, family and the community. Other than that, what your event looks like is completely up to you! Perhaps you’ll have a sports day, a village fete, or maybe you’ll join others across the country enjoying a Have a Field Day picnic!  Full details can be found here

 


August

Playday
1st August

To celebrate 31 years of Playday this year’s theme is … CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO PLAY

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that every child has the right to play.  Full details can be found here

 

September 2018

Play Scotland 20th Anniversary Seminar featuring Richard Louv

Friday 21 September
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. 

Speakers include:

  • The renowned best Selling Author, Richard Louv
  • Samuel Williams, Landscape Architect, ARUP
  • Sue Palmer, Upstart Scotland
  • Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland
    more to be confirmed.

We will be hosting two sessions:

Session 1
9am to 11.30am
Registration will commence at 8.30am

Session 2
1.30pm to 4pm
Registration will commence at 1pm

Both sessions will mirror each other at a cost of £40 per person, per session which includes refreshments at registration.

Booking form 21st September, Royal Botanic Gardens

 

Nancy Ovens Awards
Friday 21 September
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

We are delighted to be hosting the Nancy Ovens Awards for Play 2018.  The Awards will be held between 12.15pm to 12.45pm (times TBC).  These are free* to attend. 

*Please note that no access to Play Scotland’s Anniversary Seminar will be permitted unless a paid space has been booked.  Booking form is attached for ease for the Awards and the Seminar.

Booking form 21st September, Royal Botanic Gardens

 

November

Play Scotland AGM
22 November

Full details to follow.

Play Scotland Seminar – Can I Play Too
22 November

Full details to follow.

 

November

Universal Children’s Day – UNICEF
20 November

Full details can be found here

 

December

Play on the Shortest Day
21 December

Full details on Play on the Shortest Day can be found here.