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Play Scotland welcomes the announcement from the First Minister removing the requirement of children aged 11 and under to physically distance when out playing with their friends from 3rd July 2020. CEO Marguerite Hunter Blair was very happy with this necessary development.

“This is fantastic news for children, young people and families in Scotland. We are delighted that the First Minister has been able to support children’s play, with all the benefits this brings in terms of health, wellbeing and FUN. We realise this does not include children who are shielding and will consider what support can be made available to meet their play needs.”

The First Minister’s statement can be found here

Scottish Government Guidance

The Scottish Government’s guidance on the re-opening of unregulated indoor children’s activity:

Schools and regulated ELC are beginning again from 11 August and we are receiving queries about whether other indoor activity may resume at the same time.

The answer is that indoor activities for children and young people which are not overseen by a regulator should not start again until agreed guidance is in place.  Unfortunately, back to school does not mean back to normality and for now, ensuring that the transition back to school is successful is our top priority.

For now, activities for children and young people under the age of 18  should continue online or outdoors in line with existing guidance. 

We know that these indoor activities are of huge value to children, young people and families across Scotland and our ambition is to get them open soon as soon as this is deemed appropriate.  We will provide further information about timing with additional guidance where this is necessary.


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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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