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Our vision

Our vision for children and young people is clear: for Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up.

All children and young people should have the opportunity to play every day.


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Latest updates

Play This Way Launched

The Minister for Children and Young People launched Play This Way at the Storytelling Centre on 18 November 2015. It's been developed to allow the Scottish Government to talk to children and their families about the importance of play and play as a child’s right. Children from the Royal Mile Primary helped to celebrate the launch, with the event delivered by Starcatchers. All eight year olds in Scotland will get a copy of the book, with distribution starting in the New Year.
See an online version of Play This Way

Play Strategy Action Plan for Scotland

Play Strategy coverPlay Strategy Action Plan launched on 28 October 2013

The Play Strategy Action Plan sets out the specific actions, timescales and detail of who is responsible for delivering the elements of the Play Strategy. Together, they will improve experiences of all children and young people, including those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

More on this topic

  • Play this way

    A new, exciting project that will engage with all 8 year olds in Scotland and their parents, carers, teachers, and hopefully older siblings

  • Go2Play

    Supporting the development and expansion of free play in disadvantaged communities across Scotland

  • Bookbug

    The Scottish Government’s book gifting programme, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust

  • Play Talk Read

    Parents, grandparents and carers are encouraged to play, talk and read with their young children every day