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Play strategy for Scotland: our action plan

Published: 29 Oct 2013
Part of:
Children and families, Education
ISBN:
9781784120009

The action plan supports the earlier play strategy by setting out the steps needed to realise our vision for play.

40 page PDF

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40 page PDF

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Contents
Play strategy for Scotland: our action plan
PART B: The Plan for Action

40 page PDF

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PART B: The Plan for Action

Section 6 : In The Home

Outcome: Our homes and family environment are places where children and young people enjoy plentiful play opportunities, indoor and out, appropriate to their age, stage, ability and preferences.

Impact: Parents, carers and families will be more confident and able to facilitate play opportunities in the home and family environment; our homes and family environments will be more suitable for play and children will have more satisfying and wide-ranging play opportunities. Staff will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage with parents, carers and families to support them when needed.

Actions:
What? Why? Who? By When? (short, medium or long term)
6.1 Review current levels of play training to recommend how elements of play rights, theory and practice and their impact on outcomes for children could be incorporated in both initial and continuous professional development To improve knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs about the role of play in improving outcomes for children, and the role of staff in the provision of support tailored to meet the needs of families Children, Young People and Family Nursing Group ( CYPFNG)

NHS Education for Scotland

Scottish Book Trust ( SBT)

Play Organisations

Scottish Government
Short - medium
6.2 Develop a joint plan in order to embed training on current universal resources - play@home and Bookbug - in initial and career long professional learning, to widen the reach of those resources To ensure staff supporting families are aware of resources to support play in the home and offer families appropriate tailored support to make best use of resources to support high quality play opportunities NHS Health Scotland

SBT

Third Sector and Local Authority family support services
Short
6.3 Investigate and review good practice in reaching all parents and carers with clear messages and guidance on cost effective resources and suggestions for play suitable for children of all ages, stages and abilities To share knowledge of good practice amongst organisations and agencies which support families Play Scotland

Education Scotland

SBT

Local Authorities

Smart Play Network ( SPN)

Scottish Pre-School Play Association ( SPPA) and partners
Short
6.4 Develop user friendly guidance for parents and carers on how to access cost effective resources for play e.g. natural materials, household items and toy libraries - suitable for children of all ages, stages and abilities To build parents'/ carers' knowledge of various resources that can be used to encourage/promote play at home and to help engage them in facilitating both indoor and outdoor play Play Scotland

SBT

SPN

SPPA and partners
Short - medium
6.5 Provide information on learning through play on Parentzone, the national education website for parents To support parents/carers in facilitating play at home (indoor and outdoor) and demonstrate how this supports learning and wider achievement Education Scotland Short - medium
6.6 Task a working group to investigate ways to promote positive approaches and strategies to support young people's use of leisure time in the home and family environment, including a balanced approach to use of communication technologies and screen-based activities Young people's play needs in the home are understood and met Play organisations

Youth organisations

SBT
Medium
6.7 Initiate a joint approach to developing and promoting a "play-friendly home" scheme, making use of existing materials To ensure home environments are safe and suitable for children to play in and around Implementation group

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Housing associations
Short
6.8 Promote the findings of "Good Places Better Health" with particular regard to recommendations for flexible space within homes and family environments which meet the play needs of children, young people and families To accommodate the changing needs of families to enable good play experiences within the home NHS Health Scotland and partners Medium - long

Section 7 : At Nursery and School

Outcome: All children and young people enjoy high quality play opportunities, particularly outdoor free play in stimulating spaces with access to nature, on a daily basis in school, nursery and early learning and childcare.

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 places 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.

Actions:
What? Why? Who? By When? (short, medium or long term)
7.1 Task a working group to review current levels of play training provided to school and nursery staff and to recommend how elements of play rights, theory and practice could be incorporated in both the initial professional training and career long professional learning and leadership To ensure that all education managers, school and centre leaders, school staff and early years practitioners are adequately trained on the importance of play and are able to support high quality play opportunities in their settings Scottish Government

Play Scotland

SBT

Partners
( e.g. Scottish Qualifications Authority ( SQA), Scottish Social Services Council ( SSSC), F.E., H.E. Institutions)

National Implementation Group for Outdoor Learning ( NIGOL)
Medium
7.2 Commission and publish an evidence/literature review on links between play and children's attainment, achievement, wellbeing and learning across all ages, stages and abilities To build knowledge and increase awareness amongst educators, parents and carers of the impact of outdoor and indoor play and active learning opportunities on children's learning and development at all stages of education Scottish Government

Education Scotland

NIGOL

Play sector partners
Short - medium
7.3 Develop and disseminate good practice guidance, in line with Curriculum for Excellence, on play provision in schools (primary, secondary and special schools and units) and nurseries during and out of school hours for all children and young people, and on the way to and from school To inspire and support the development of further play provision and high quality play opportunities for all children and young people Scottish Government

Education Scotland

Grounds for Learning ( GfL)

SSSC

Scottish Out Of School Network ( SOSCN)

NIGOL

Living Streets

Youth organisations such as uniformed groups
Medium
7.4 Identify ways in which early years and school staff can support parents', carers' and families' understanding of play, and how it can be supported at home To make best use of existing knowledge and skills and to promote understanding of the value of play Scottish Government

Scottish Parent Teachers Council

NIGOL

SSSC

SBT
Medium
7.5 Audit current levels of community access to school grounds (including the wider school environment of streets and routes to school) and identify key influencing factors. Consider options for increasing community access to school playgrounds out of school hours. Put forward recommendations for piloting, evaluating and sharing good practice To ensure that opportunities for outdoor free play are easily accessible in the community and that school grounds are valued places for play in the local community Scottish Government

Local Authority Asset Managers

GfL

Planning Aid for Scotland ( PAS)

SOSCN

Living Streets

Other Partners
Medium
7.6 Work with Local Authorities to achieve high quality school grounds in new-build schools which are consistent with the 'Good School Playground Guide' So that schools have well designed, inclusive, and where possible community-accessible play spaces, green spaces and gardens Scottish Government

Local Authorities

Scottish Futures Trust

Learning for Sustainability Implementation Group

SOSCN
Short as catalyst for ongoing work in the longer term
7.7 Build and showcase a Scotland-wide network of real-life examples of effective play practice across all school sectors, nurseries and childcare settings in order to stimulate further change To demonstrate a range of good-practice approaches to play provision, evidence the benefits of play in schools/settings and provide inspiration and ideas for any school or setting that wishes to enhance its play provision GfL

SOSCN

SPPA

Play Scotland

NIGOL

Play Funders
Short as catalyst for ongoing work in the longer term
7.8 Publish a resource and deliver training to raise awareness of the UNCRC children's rights within the education sector To increase awareness and support progress of children's rights, including the right to play, within the education sector Education Scotland Short

Section 8 : In The Community

Outcome: All children and young people have sufficient time and space (physical and social) for playing within their community and have contact with nature in their everyday lives. Play is valued, encouraged and supported in communities, as are providers of community play opportunities such as out of school care, playgroups, therapeutic and specialist settings and community champions of play.

Impact: More children will be playing more often in outdoor places including green space, parks and streets. Careful consideration will have been given to the planning and design of public spaces, and children and young people will be able to find clean, safe and welcoming spaces to play and gather near their homes where they are not considered a nuisance by others in their communities.

Actions:
What? Why? Who? By When? (short, medium or long term)
8.1 Task a working group with mapping the links between the Play Strategy and the Physical Activity Implementation Plan, Good Places Better Health, Planning, Placemaking, Designing Streets, Learning for Sustainability and other related Government and Public Sector plans including Single Outcome Agreements To increase understanding of the importance of play and highlight contribution to reducing health inequalities Scottish Government

PAS

NHS Health Scotland (Physical Activity Health Alliance)

Living Streets

Learning for Sustainability Implementation Group
Short
8.2 Develop and disseminate a short guide for Community Planning Partnerships highlighting the types of decisions that should be informed by children's right to play by using resources like the Go Play Outcome and Evaluation Logic Model for Play, UNICEF Indicators, and Professional Development Award in Strategic Planning for Play as a basis To increase understanding of the importance of play and to embed play at the centre of decision making Scottish Government

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities ( CoSLA)

Play Scotland

Inspiring Scotland

PAS
Short - medium
8.3 Task a working group to identify steps to ensure play services (out of school care/other play services) are included as part of the local mapping of services by Community Planning Partnerships To increase understanding of the role of play in meeting needs of children and families and to ensure play staff are included as professional partners in local level planning Local play infrastructure organisations

SOSCN

Play Scotland
Short
8.4 Promote and support the implementation of existing materials for outdoor play audits (Getting It Right for Play) To support Local Authorities to establish a baseline from which they can measure satisfaction levels and deliver improvements Scottish Government Play Scotland

Living Streets and Partners ( e.g. Sustrans)
Short
8.5 Promote the use of existing tools to support Local Authorities (including early learning and childcare services, schools, routes to school, indoor and other community-based play provision) in audits of play provision e.g. Design for Play (Play England) To improve play provision Play Scotland

NHS Health Scotland
Medium
8.6 Ensure that play is properly addressed within the development of a national Place Standard, a commitment within the Creating Places policy. The Place Standard will be the hallmark of well-designed places and should ensure that opportunities for play are promoted in safe, formal and informal ways To ensure that new and existing places allow positive and safe access to a variety of options for play within neighbourhoods Scottish Government

Architecture & Design Scotland

NHS Health Scotland

Play Scotland

PAS
Medium
8.7 Explore with Community Planning Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships and Community Councils how child friendly community assessment processes and indicators (see UNICEF http://childfriendlycities.org/research/final-toolkit-2011/) can be incorporated into existing practice To increase children's opportunities to play outdoors in their local neighbourhoods and to reduce negative impact of real and perceived anti-social behaviour on play Community Planning Partnerships

Community Safety Partnerships

Community Councils

PAS
Medium
8.8 Identify and showcase case studies in which positive engagement with children and young people, parents and carers and community-based play providers has been used to good effect in the planning, design and management of play spaces and opportunities To increase children's opportunities to play outdoors in their local neighbourhoods and to reduce negative impact of real and perceived anti-social behaviour on play Play Scotland

Community-based play providers

Youth organisations

Local Authorities

CoSLA

Nancy Ovens Trust

SOSCN

Play Funders
Short - medium
8.9 Develop and disseminate an infographic illustrating how the design and implementation of play provision in the community extends to positive influence on play in the home and family environment To increase understanding of the role of play in meeting needs of children and families SPN

SPPA

NHS Health Scotland

SOSCN

IPA Scotland

Other partners
Short

Section 9 : Positive Support for Play

Outcome: Scotland provides a positive environment for play through: a professional workforce and strong and visionary leadership; a well-resourced third sector and infrastructure; and a supportive and informed media.

Impact: There will be a positive and supportive environment to enable quality play opportunities for all children in Scotland. This will include valuing children and young people and the organisations that provide and support play opportunities and that we are making best use of the skills and knowledge of the play workforce.

Actions
What? Why? Who? By When? (short, medium or long term)
9.1 Deliver the Professional Development award - Strategic Planning for Play Award, in five Scottish Local Authority areas in the first year To ensure that professionals whose work impacts on children's play have access to relevant training and information Play Scotland Short - medium
9.2 Promote the Play Strategy: Our Vision to Universities delivering the B. Ed. and M. Ed. Childhood Practice To ensure that professionals working with children have access to training and information on play Play Scotland

Implementation Group

Higher Education Institutions
Short
9.3 Task a working group to identify steps to support the development of a Play Policy in every Local Authority including reference to the six priorities of Single Outcome Agreements To foster a positive and supportive local strategic environment for quality play opportunities for all children in Scotland Scottish Government

Play Scotland

CoSLA

Local Authorities
Short - medium
9.4 Promote the implementation of Play Strategy Action Plans in every Local Authority by engaging with existing networks To deliver positive and supportive outcomes for quality play opportunities for all children in Scotland CoSLA

Local Authorities

Play Scotland

Regional play infrastructure organisations
Medium
9.5 Provide a guest lecture programme to input into professional training courses beyond the immediate play sector To ensure that professionals working for or with children, or whose work impacts on children have access to training and information on play National play organisations Short - medium
9.6 Task a working group to commission a review of inclusive play in Scotland to identify context, current practices, barriers and aspirations To build knowledge base which will inform implementation of the Strategy for all children Scottish Government Short - medium
9.7 Develop the Play Leadership Forum and National Play Forum, and support a range of capacity building opportunities, making use of virtual network options where appropriate To underpin and sustain quality in the play sector Inspiring Scotland

Play Scotland

Regional play infrastructure organisations

Scottish Funders Forum
Short
9.8 Investigate how the skills of the play workforce could be utilised more widely to develop quality of play opportunities in a range of other settings To make best use of the skills, experience and knowledge of the play workforce to improve play opportunities for all children Play Leadership Forum

Play sector partners

SOSCN
Medium
9.9 Map career long professional learning opportunities available to play workforce across Scotland to identify gaps and ensure quality To ensure standards within the Playwork industry are kept to a high level Play Scotland

Regional play infrastructure organisations

SSSC

SQA
Short - medium
9.10 Promote and disseminate the High Level Statement: Children's Play And Leisure - Promoting A Balanced Approach (Health and Safety Executive 2012) and other guidance which challenges risk-averse practices To embed the Risk Benefit approach to play so that it is applied across sectors Play Scotland

Play sector partners
Short
9.11 Promote the use of Play Safety Forum 'Benefit Risk Assessment Guidance' in career long learning for all practitioners To embed the Risk Benefit approach to play so that it is applied across sectors Play Scotland

Play Safety Forum

Play Education and Training Council Scotland

SOSCN
Medium
9.12 Identify and showcase the impact of play to potential Funding Bodies and Local Authorities To work towards optimally resourcing the sector to deliver actions and outcomes identified in Play Strategy over longer term planning Play Scotland

Inspiring Scotland

Scottish Funders Forum
Short as catalyst for ongoing work in the longer term
9.13 Task a working group to develop a Communications Plan for the Plan and Strategy which includes effective use of social media and opportunities for children and young people to represent themselves in the media and promote play To foster a positive and supportive environment for quality play opportunities for all children in Scotland and challenge pervasive negative attitudes to children and young people and their use of public space Scottish Government

National Play Organisations

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People ( SCCYP)
Short
9.14 Develop media toolkits and training for play practitioners, organisations and children and young people To advocate key Play Strategy messages at local levels and to challenge pervasive negative attitudes to children and young people and their use of public space Inspiring Scotland

SOSCN

SPPA

Play Scotland
Medium
9.15 Task a working group to identify and develop a network of Play Champions throughout Scotland To advocate key Play Strategy messages at local levels and to the challenge pervasive negative attitudes to children and young people and their use of public space Play Scotland

Inspiring Scotland

CoSLA

SOSCN

SPPA
Short - medium

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