Playful Learning

Scotland’s Play Strategy Outcome:  All children and young people enjoy high quality play opportunities in stimulating spaces with access to nature, on a daily basis in school, nursery and early learning and childcare.

Scotland’s Play Strategy Impact:  All school staff, and early years practitioners will receive play training, as part of their initial education and career long professional learning.  They will have sufficient skills, knowledge and understanding of play to support play opportunities.  All schools and settings will have well designed, inclusive spaces for play which support high quality play experiences.  School grounds will be valued spaces for play in local communities.  Education managers and leaders in school and early years settings demonstrate their commitment to increasing and developing play opportunities and to supporting staff to do so through priorities in the improvement planning cycle, the ethos and community life of their establishments and their own professional learning and leadership activities.


Scotland’s Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition Position Statement


In outdoor settings you can see that children getting out to play everyday is vital for them developing healthy lifeskills that underpin friendship, curiosity, creativity and learning. Play Scotland is delighted to be working with the Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition to build strong Play Champions committed to delivering children’s right to play in Scotland.”

Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO Play Scotland


All children and young people have the right to play and the right to play as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Playing outdoors enhances learning and is fundamental for children and young people’s health, well-being and development.


“We know the benefits playing outdoors delivers for children in terms of improved health and well-being, building resilience and connecting with nature. Scotland has a wealth of great outdoor space, including in the heart of our cities, and the expansion of early learning and childcare provides us with an opportunity to increase the amount of time children spend playing in these wonderful spaces.”

Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People

“Outdoor play and learning must be equally accessible to all children.  This statement recognises the need to take a broader view of education, where outdoor play is seen as an essential part of children’s development, health and well-being.

This rights-based statement sends an important message, but we must go further to properly embed rights into our law, policy and practice through full incorporation of the UNCRC.”

Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland


Link to Scotland’s Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition Position Statement


Introducing Children’s Rights from Scottish Government

Link to this 10 minute training tool from Scottish Government which will give you and your staff an insight into UNCRC Children’s Right




Playful Learning Library

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Getting it Right for Play Poster


Outdoor Classroom Day

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Playwork Principles


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