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.

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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

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 >

Study finds children’s screen time has replaced outdoor play

A report by the Association of Play Industries (API) reveals that children have never moved so little and points to substantial evidence...
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What the global ‘play gap’ means for our children’s futures

Are we neglecting childhood? The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about more than changes in business, technological developments and the push to...
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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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Latest Blog >

Rethinking the rights of children for the internet age

The internet is now 30 years old, making it the same age as the key formulation of children’s rights, the UN...
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The spectacular science behind puddle stomping

It’s easy to forget about the little things kids need to learn in childhood beyond book work. There’s so much focus...
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Risk, fear and freedom: a plea to parents by Tim Gill

Children hunger for a taste of freedom. They are strongly driven to get to grips with the people, places and things...
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The Right Brain Develops First ~ Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning

Did you know that the right brain develops first? It does so by the time children are 3-4 years of age. The left brain, on...
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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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