Training & Events

The best way to learn about play is in an interactive way!

Our training courses are delivered by experts in play and related fields.

Play Scotland delivers a range of training courses to support families and professionals to bring more play into children’s lives.

With the incorporation of UNCRC into Scot’s Law, it is vitally important that we all deepen our knowledge and understanding of play to ensure children’s right to play becomes a reality. Our easy to access and engaging training events can help with this, and the sessions are supported by a wealth of information in our resources and toolkits.

If you cannot find training which meets your needs here, please get in touch. We can develop bespoke training based on individual need, as well as offering training events for in-service days and twilight sessions online or in situ.

To find out more, contact our Learning and Development officer:


Our regular training events will run online throughout the year. Details of each event can be found below, and tickets can be booked on Eventbrite. Our “Introduction to” events are aimed at people new to play theory.

If you would like to book any of the following events for a group either online or in-person, please contact our Learning and Development Officer


BOOKING NOW (Professionals) 

Loose Parts Play – Wednesday 17th April – 7.30 – 9pm.  

Learn about the theory of Loose Parts Play, why it is important and how you can implement it effectively and sustainably in your setting. Suitable for anyone working with children.  



The Power of Playing Outdoor – Sunday 21st April – 9.30 – 11am.  

Discover the power of outdoor play and learn why it is so important for our children’s health and wellbeing. We aim to give you confidence to allow children to play out whatever the weather, as well as discuss how to break down barriers to outdoor play. Suitable for anyone working with children.  


Introduction to Play Pedagogy for Primary School – Monday 29th April – 3.45 – 5.45pm.  

Join us for a journey into play pedagogy theory. The training will cover some well-known play theorists and concepts that are vital to supporting play for children and young people. taking a play pedagogy approach will bring more play, curiosity and inquiry into your teaching practice and school ethos. Suitable for primary teachers and anyone working in a school environment. 




Introduction to Play: June, September, December 

Loose Parts Play: October 

The Power of Playing Outdoors:  September 

Play and Risk: May, November 

Introduction to Play Pedagogy for Primary Schools: May 

Developing a Play Policy: June 

Play and the Healthy Brain: August, November 

Play and Inclusion: August, December 

Gender Equal Play: October 



It is our mission to support families in Scotland to live more playful lives. As part of this mission, we are offering a series of short learning opportunities which we hope will give families the confidence to play more together. These events are offered online throughout the year on a ‘pay-what-you-can’ basis and sessions will be relaxed, informal and welcoming to all.  


BOOKING NOW (Learning Opportunities for Families)

The Power of Play – Monday 15th April – 9.30 – 10.30am.  

Learn all about the importance of play, the theory behind play, the different types of play and how you can bring more play into your everyday life. Designed for busy families.  


The Power of Play: April, September 

Supporting Wellbeing through Play: May, October 

The Importance of Risky Play: June, November