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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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Letter from Scotland’s Children and Young People

With Scotland’s local council elections this week, Magic Breakfast Youth Campaigners have led a coalition of 13 leading organisations across Scotland, including Play Scotland, to call on council candidates to listen to their voices. The coalition represents tens of thousands of young people and today’s letter calls on councillors from every corner of Scotland to amplify the voices of young people on issues such as hunger, youth services, and gender equality.

Read the letter here:

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

Play Scotland and A Place in Childhood are delighted to offer this introductory training on engaging children and young people on their local place.

By attending this training you will gain:

  • Up to date knowledge and evidence on why engaging with children and young people is important
  • Information about different approaches to engage with children and young people
  • Practical advice on how to begin engaging with children and young people
  • Tips on how to garner authentic responses
  • Guidance on how to collate responses and utilise them effectively
  • A chance to discuss challenges and solutions with peers
  • A CPD certificate

Book your place here.

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“Let’s Talk About Play!” Free Members’ Event

 

At Play Scotland, we love to talk about play! And, we want to talk about children and young people’s play with our members too.

We’re inviting you to join us on Wednesday 20th April at 6pm for our first ‘Let’s Talk About Play! free members’ session.

Bring a virtual coffee (or any other beverage as it’s after 5pm!) and have blether with us and other members about the world of play.

We’ll start off simple for April’s theme with: What is play?

You can register for the free event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-talk-about-play-01-what-is-play-tickets-315261625007

 

Not a Play Scotland member yet? No problem!  Membership is free and only takes a few minutes to sign up.  For more information visit our membership page and follow the link to sign up online or use this quick form: https://forms.office.com/r/yvu928W38q

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Playday 2022

Playday is the national day for play, celebrated each year across the UK on the first Wednesday in August. Playday 2022 will be celebrated on Wednesday 3 August.

We are delighted to announce that the theme for this year’s Playday is …

All to play for – building play opportunities for all children.

This year’s theme aims to highlight that play is for everyone. Play happens everywhere, every day, and is the right of every child and young person. Playday encourages families, communities, and organisations large and small, to consider how they can build better opportunities for all children to play. Following the challenges children and young people have faced over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, play is more important than ever.

  • Play is essential for children and young people’s physical and mental health.
  • Play allows children and young people to make friends, develop relationships, and have fun together.
  • Play enables children and young people to feel connected to their communities, leading to happier communities for all.
  • Play has an important role in helping children and young people cope with stress and anxiety, deal with challenges, and make sense of what’s happening around them.

We’re calling for more play, better play, every day!

After two years of restrictions across the UK, we are looking forward to hearing about the exciting ways you plan to celebrate Playday this year. Visit the Playday events section to share your events.

For the latest updates on this year’s campaign follow Playday on Facebook and Twitter and share your plans with us using the hashtags #Playday2022 and #AllToPlayFor.

Find out more about Playday.

Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

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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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