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Play advice due to current restrictions and health concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on family life.

We know children need play to thrive and make sense of their world and that play supports their mental and physical health and wellbeing. That’s why we’ve created the Home play pack and our #101waystoplay campaign in order to support children and families to stimulate their imagination, creativity and play time.

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Families

Practical ideas to support playful families
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Learning

Toolkits and resources supporting learning through play and workforce development
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Health

Information to help build health, well-being and resilience through play
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Communities

How to create more opportunities for play in local places and spaces
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Home Play Pack

Home Play Pack

Play Scotland has created the Home play pack in order to support children and families to stimulate their imagination, creativity and play time during these challenging times.
Play for positive mental health

Play for positive mental health

The impact of COVID-19 on children and families’ mental health and wellbeing is a major concern. This Research Briefing illustrates that play is vital to supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Free to Play

Free to Play

This guide has been developed to assist any group that has come together to develop or improve a public play space. These groups may be friends of parks, community planning partnerships or groups of local families who have identified a gap or recognised the need for improved space to play.
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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