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We were delighted to welcome Clare Haughey, MSP, Minister for Children and Young People to launch the Play Well Outdoors Pack, to celebrate Playday with our colleagues at Early Years Scotland. The Play Well Outdoors pack is a universal offer to all primary school aged children in Scotland and it is full of ideas for play that are great fun that don’t need much preparation or resources. The Play Well Outdoors pack was developed in partnership with Save the Children, the STV appeal and the Beano and funded by the Scottish Government’s Get into Summer campaign.
The Minister said:
“We know the benefits of outdoor learning, exercise and play for young children in terms of their health and wellbeing, physical and cognitive development. Our commitment to promoting play and its benefits meant that from the start of the pandemic we prioritised play. Protecting children’s right to play was one of the key priorities for the Scottish Government during lockdown, and remains so as we focus on how to support children and families in recovering from the impact of the pandemic”.
“Our Get into Summer campaign is backed by funding of £20 million to deliver a wide range of activities for children and young people and their families over the summer, ensuring they are provided with opportunities to socialise, play and reconnect within their local communities and environments.”
You can find out more about what we are doing for Get into Summer here.
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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.