Play Scotland Survey Report

Just released – a survey was undertaken by Play Scotland in April 2020 on the impact of COVID-19 on play and childcare settings in Scotland. A total of 263 responses were received from play and childcare providers. This Play Scotland report presents a timely and up to date picture of the impact  of COVID-19 on play and childcare provision in Scotland.

Of great concern is that the vast majority of respondents said that children’s outdoor play opportunities had been curtailed due to the coronavirus crisis.

We know children need play to thrive and make sense of their world  and that play supports their mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is of vital importance to the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

Play Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government, local government and support agencies to work together to ensure Scotland’s children are enabled to play, particularly outdoors, in order for them to be safe, well and protected during this challenging time.

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IPA Play in Crisis: support for parents and carers

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on children and families around the world. In order to support the child’s right to play in these difficult times, the International Play Association (IPA) has developed the new IPA Play in Crisis: support for parents and carers resource.

Each page of the resource provides parents and carers with information and ideas so they can support their child’s play. There are topics such as the importance of playing in crisis, and how to respond to children’s play needs, through to issues that parents may be concerned about, like children playing with difficult themes of loss, death and loneliness.

The International Play Association recognises playing as a basic and vital part of the pleasure of childhood. It is as an essential part of all aspects of children’s development. During crisis, play has a significant therapeutic role, helping children recover a sense of normality and joy.

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Play in the time of coronavirus

Tim Gill and Penny Wilson share some thoughts and ideas on supporting children’s play in these challenging times, bearing in mind that they may need to be indoors, or  following official guidance if they are outside.  This useful post has been updated to reflect the most up to date advice.
https://rethinkingchildhood.com/2020/03/18/children-play-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-playwork/

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Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund open for applications

Thanks to a generous donation from a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, Inspiring Scotland have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investmentto develop innovative approaches for the creation of a new generation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings. 

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