Scotland’s first ever Play Strategy

Date: 13th November 2012
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

The Children's Minister Aileen Campbell blogged about Scotland's first-ever national play strategy, stating that a central part of getting it right in the early years is play.

Play is pivotal to how children learn and a fundamental part of their quality of life, enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In the blog, Aileen Campbell states: "Although clearly (and rightly) centred on fun, play is also hugely important to a child's development and key to their physical, cognitive and social development."

This understanding of the crucial importance of play is why the Scottish Government plan to develop Scotland's first national play strategy. It will set out a vision for play and the action necessary to achieve it - with a key aim being embedding play within children's services through the forthcoming Children and Young People's Bill.