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"Winter means days are less bright and less warm but this should not mean children get less play!

Play Scotland

Play into Winter!

Playing outdoors is essential for our children and young people to understand, value, enjoy and protect our natural world. In Scotland, this means playing outside in all weathers.

Animals are hibernating, trees are bare, and the world stands still during the peace that winter brings. Embrace the cold, and let the joy of the winter landscape create unforgettable memories through play.

Bundle up and head outside this Winter to enjoy snow-covered hills, crunchy grass, and icy puddles. If you’re lucky, snowfall brings opportunities for sledding, snowmen, and snowball fights!

 

Families

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Learning

Toolkits and resources supporting learning through play and workforce development
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Information to help build health, well-being and resilience through play
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How to create more opportunities for play in local places and spaces
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Children’s Right to Play in Scots law

Children’s Right to Play in Scots law

On the 16th January Children’s Right to Play was incorporated into Scots law.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act incorporates the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into the law in Scotland.
The State of Play in Scotland

The State of Play in Scotland

In this new report, written for Play Scotland, we bring together the findings of four previous reports focused on children’s play.

Our aim is to highlight the consistent messages across these reports; the things that we can confidently say that we now ‘know’ based on what children and the people who care for them have said.
The Case for Play in Schools: A Review of the Literature

The Case for Play in Schools: A Review of the Literature

This review was commissioned by Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) CIC, a mentoring project that helps schools ‘create happier playtimes, better play spaces and enable staff to support outdoor learning’.

Researched and written by Ana Ardelean, Kate Smith and Wendy Russell.
Scotland’s Play Charter

Scotland’s Play Charter

Scotland’s Play Charter describes our collective commitment to play for all children and young people. Supporters of the Charter:

  • recognise that all children have the right to participate in play activities and experiences
  • value play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all our children
  • support children to have fun, creative, fulfilling and development rich play experiences throughout their childhoods
  • recognise that playing is an essential part of a happy childhood as well as being vital to children’s wellbeing as individuals and members of society.
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