PLAY in Perth and Kinross
The council's Childcare Strategy Team has long valued and prioritised the importance of play for children and families and welcomed both the Play Strategy for Scotland and the supporting Action Plan, published by the Scottish Government in October 2013.
The Action Plan highlights the importance of play for children and young people at home, in nurseries or school and in communities and identifies four outcomes.
- At Home
Our homes and family environments are places where children and young people enjoy plentiful play opportunities, indoors and out.
- In Nurseries and School
All children and young people enjoy high quality play opportunities on a daily basis in school, nursery and early learning and childcare.
- In Communities
All children and young people have sufficient time and space for playing within their communities. Play is valued, encouraged and supported in communities, as are providers of community play opportunities such as Out of School Care and Playgroups.
- Positive Support for Play
Scotland provides a positive environment for Play through a professional workforce and a strong and visionary leadership.
The Strategy makes a significant contribution to children's well-being, which is a key concept in the Getting it Right for Every Child approach. It recognises that as well as being fun, play is integral to a child's development and their physical, emotional, social and brain development
"Play is the highest form of research" Albert Einstein
The Childcare Strategy Team are promoting play in schools and communities across Perth & Kinross, including a series of outdoor play events which are organised during most school holiday periods. The Team also organises a large scale event in Perth City on the first Wednesday in August each year to celebrate national Playday.