Playday is an annual celebration of children and young people’s play which traditionally takes place on the first Wednesday in August.
Thousands of children and families attend various events across the UK.
As well as a celebration of children and young people’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children and young people’s lives. Campaigning for play where you live can make a huge difference not only to local children, young people and families, but to whole communities.
The 4 Nations sit on the Steering Group: Play Scotland, Play England, Play Wales and PlayBoard N.I.
Play on the Longest Day, Scotland
In 2011, Play Scotland launched Play on the Longest Day. This year this will be held on 21st June. This enabled more schools, nurseries and childcare settings in Scotland to get in involved in Playday activities.
Who can organise a Playday event?
Anyone can organise a Playday event. Big or small, there are lots of different ways to celebrate Playday. Whether it’s a large community-wide event or a get-together with friends and family – find the way that suits you!
Playday events are often organised by play associations, local authorities, holiday play schemes, extended schools, children’s centres, nurseries, preschool playgroups, residents’ associations, community development workers, childminders, or simply someone who lives in locally and wants to give children and young people a special opportunity to play for the day.
- To help you plan your Playday in Scotland you can download a copy of our Planning your Playday in Scotland guide here
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“Only 40% of today’s children would swap time in front of the TV or computer for outdoor play”