Play Scotland – Delivering the National Play Strategy in Scotland #playeveryday

Valuing play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all our children and young people.

To find out more about who we are click here

Play Builds Children
– Children’s Play Policy Forum Statement
February 2019

The Children’s Play Policy Forum has issued a policy statement identifying a crisis in childhood and calling for more children’s play opportunities. There are huge benefits to be gained when sufficient time and space is available for children to play #playeveryday.   Play builds happy, healthy children.  For full details and to download the Statement click here

Can I Play Too?
Thursday 21 February

This full day Seminar will cover the key areas of play for children and young people from Scotland’s Play Strategy: in the home; early learning and childcare; schools; communities and featuring topics such as inclusion, gender, mental health and where we can give a positive support for play in Scotland.  Full details here

Playful Families

Welcome to our Playful Families page where you will a find a range of services available in Scotland, information and play ideas.

We welcome any ideas you may wish to share with us, email:

Scotland's Play Charter

Are YOU Committed to PLAY?

Play Scotland is promoting Scotland’s first inclusive Play Charter.  This describes a collective commitment to play for all babies, children and young people in Scotland. #playeveryday

Latest News >

Do your children have a balanced diet of play? BBC News

Two generations: parents and youngsters. One is tech-obsessed, with a short attention span, who find it difficult to talk about their...
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Children and electronic devices – how to keep young people safe. BBC News

Mobile phones should be banned from the dinner table and bedtimes as part of a healthy approach to devices, the UK’s...
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From muddy hands and dirty faces….to higher grades and happy places

From muddy hands and dirty faces….to higher grades and happy places Why schools need to champion outdoor play (and learning) for...
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Taking risk out of children’s lives is putting them in danger. The Times

The nurse laughed when she opened our son’s file. It was a Sunday evening, our three-year- old was sitting in the...
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Worry less about children’s screen use, parents told

There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says. Parents should worry less...
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Latest Blog >

Streaming apps ‘used to exploit children aged eight’

Children as young as eight are being sexually exploited online, Barnardo’s the UK’s largest children’s charity, has revealed.  Full article
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Tech, Teens and Trust: Navigating the Digital World of our Children

Those of us parenting in a digital world, frankly, don’t know what we’re doing. Warnings about the negative impact of screen time...
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Children’s Play Becomes Work When You Get in the Way. Let Them Be

Play does not have a beginning and ending. It is a fluid, continuous state of being, a way of engaging and...
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Six ways to raise a resilient child

Helping our children navigate the stresses and strains of daily life is more important than ever.  Full blog  
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The Age Four Transition to Responsible Childhood

Converging evidence shows a major shift toward independence around age four.  Full blog  
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