Children, Play & Place: Meaningful engagement with children & young people

Do you believe that involving children and young people in decision making is vital to planning for a better future? So do we!

Join Play Scotland and A Place in Childhood for the next in our ‘Introduction to…’ training series for a course on how to meaningfully engage CYP in play, place and planning.

Wednesday 14 September 9.30am to 12.30pm £45pp

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Introductions to the Play Types – Training Event

What are the play types and how can you use them to inform your work with children and young people.

About this event

Join Play Scotland for this introductory training to the play types and how to use them to inform your work with children and young people.

The play types were developed by Bob Hughes to be used by adults who work with children and young people, and for people who study and facilitate play.

Book your place here.

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Introduction to Outdoor Classroom Day – Training Event

Join Play Scotland for an ‘Introduction to Outdoor Classroom Day’ for practical tips on how to plan for it.

Wed, 11 May 2022 @ 17:00 – 18:30

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About this event

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. Outdoor classroom day is celebrated in May and in November but you can use ideas from this training all year round!

So, if you are interested in bringing teaching and learning into the natural world, then join us for this workshop.

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Parents and Carers We Need You!

Parents & carers we need you!  

The Scottish Government is consulting on important legislation called Play Sufficiency Assessments and Open Space Strategies.  

We are asking parents and carers in Scotland to take 10 minutes to fill in our short survey with their children and teenagers. By filling in this survey you will help ensure that the voices of children and young people are heard in the future of planning! 

You can fill in the survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/UmUYjiaBNk

Please ensure you fill it in by 5pm on Thursday 31 March.  

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School-aged childcare consultation

FCSS is working with Scottish Government to better understand the supply and demand of school-age childcare in Scotland.

The Why?

This consultation will inform the design and creation of an accessible, affordable, and flexible system of school-age childcare provision in Scotland – a commitment for this parliamentary term.

The consultation aims to understand the school-age childcare landscape; what are children’s and parents’ needs in relation to childcare and activities?

How can I take part?

FCSS have been overwhelmed with interest from families and parents so far, and already have some super useful insight into different communities! That said, the more people that get involved, the better!

There are two ways to respond to the survey.

As a parent, you can fill in the survey here.

If you run a school-aged child care service, you can fill in the survey here.

If you fall into both categories, feel free to complete both!

What will happen to the data?

FCSS aim to improve existing school-age child care offers.

The data will start to paint a picture of the status quo in communities and begin to inform future policy approaches. The ultimate aim is for every family in Scotland to have better access to all the services that exist in their area.

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Play Sufficiency Assessment Consultations

It is vital that the voice of children and young people is heard as part of the consultation for Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments.

Together with A Place in Childhood, we are working to make this as simple as possible for you and the children and young people you work with. 

How can I have my say?

There are three ways to respond to the consultation:

1. Through the Government Portal

Anyone in Scotland can respond to the consultation through the government website. This method is best suited for adults and organisations.

It is open between now and 31st March 2022 and can be found here.

2. Group response from children and young people

If you work with a group of children and young people, within or outwith education, you can run a facilitated session in order to send a group response to the consultation.

You can do this online or in person.

We have created consultation packs to help you run these sessions. If you would like a consultation pack to use with your group, please contact info@playscotland.org and we will supply you with a group link specific to you as well as with support on engaging with children on the guidance.

We want to gather feedback from a wide range of children and young people representative of those from different age groups, backgrounds, and areas. To do this we are providing additional support to groups working with children and young people with additional support needs, and those who are refugees/asylum seekers, LGBTQ, BAME, and young carers. If you work with one of these groups then please contact info@playscotland.org and we will work with you to ensure you are supported through the process. 

3. Individual responses by Children and young people

If you are a parent or carer, or you work with a small number of children and young people can support them to submit their views independently online, by using the child-friendly version of the consultation here

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