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.