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Securing children’s right to play

Play is vital to a child’s health and well-being and has a tangible effect on their life chances. We want every child in Scotland to have the opportunity to play.

Play is serious.

We want every child in Scotland to have the best possible start in life. We want them to be healthy, happy and resilient; to form friendships, to learn vital skills and to have fun. That’s why we want to make play a recognised and fundamental part of growing up in Scotland.

Since 2009,­­ we have designed and implemented programmes of play in schools and communities which help children develop important skills and attributes so they can lead physically active lives creating a healthier, happier future for Scotland.

We work in communities with charities and parents to change how people view play and the vital contribution it makes to our children’s future.

We work with schools to make play part of the educational landscape. We work with central and local government and academic researchers to direct policy and evaluate results.

Having access to play, and all its benefits, should not be dictated by the area a child lives in or the income of their parents. Nor should it be dictated by the attitudes of society. That’s why we also want to change how people – parents, educators, and politicians – think about play.

Play is serious so we take it seriously.


children have accessed free play


hours of free play delivered


primary schools in Glasgow signed up to Active Play


play charities supported to increase play provision in communities

Active Play

Our Active Play programme boosts physical activity in children and helps them develop fundamental movement skills such as coordination and balance, all through playing physically active games. Read more

Play Rangers

Play Rangers provide opportunities to access free play within a community - on street corners, in local parks or woodland. They encourage children to attend the free open access sessions and provide a comfort to parents/carers who may not be able to normally allow or enable their children to play outside. Read more

Outdoor Nurseries

Outdoor Nurseries, a partnership between Inspiring Scotland and Glasgow City Council are improving children's health, well-being and development through outdoor play-based learning. Read more


Play is the foundation of a healthy, happy future for all of us. Join our campaign to get Scotland playing. Read more


Make outdoor play the norm for our children

Rachel Cowper urges us all to let children play outside, in a column for The Herald.

Read Rachel's blog

Loose Parts Play!

Play helps children unlock their creativity and let’s their imaginations soar. Find out how to create imaginative, creative and fun play with crates, pebbles and bits of string with our Loose Parts Play toolkit.


Portfolio of charities

Aberdeen Play Forum

Aberdeen Play Forum

Aberdeen Play Forum aims to increase play opportunities in Aberdeen by working with public, private, voluntary and community organisations to raise awareness of the importance of play. Aberdeen Play Forum receives funding through go2play to provide Play Ranger services throughout the city.

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Aberlour / Leisure & Culture Dundee

Aberlour / Leisure & Culture Dundee

A collaboration between children’s charity Aberlour and Leisure & Culture Dundee, this project aims to promote the use of green space and natural outdoor spaces for free play opportunities for children and families in Dundee and raise the profile, and promote the benefits, of outdoor free play, especially to parents. Aberlour and Leisure and Culture

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We work with experts from the voluntary, public, private and academic sectors. Get in touch if you want to help us build a better Scotland.

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