Play is an increasingly hot topic in Glasgow and Scotland at present, building on the 2013 publication of the Play Strategy for Scotland , with the Glasgow Play strategy undergoing a “refresh” and the development of the Glasgow Play Forum. Linked to this, the Glasgow Play Get Together is being hosted by Glasgow Life on Wednesday 4th March 15 in City Halls/Studio 1 from 10am – 1pm. To book email GLHQAdmin3@glasgowlife.org.uk . The Get Together is an opportunity to catch up with national and local play news. The theme for this meeting is how to encourage street play and to plan for Play Day 15.
GCVS ran a very successful session on the Importance of Play in late January at the Albany Centre, highlighting why play is so crucial for children’s development, children’s Right to play and practical examples – information will shortly be available on the Everyone’s Children pages on GCVS website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The International Play Association – Scotland (IPA) held a training for trainers event for practitioners on Children’s Right to Play in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, on 18th February, hosted by Glasgow Life.
IPA Scotland will be celebrating their 21st birthday at their Conference on Article 31, “Take it easy … Rest, Play and Creativity” on Tuesday 24th March 2015, at Edinburgh College, Granton Campus, Edinburgh, with inputs from Jan van Gils, President of the International Council on Children’s Play, European Child Friendly Cities Network and past-President of IPA, Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Starcatchers – inspiring creativity for babies and toddlers and Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) . Booking details can be found here.
So a busy time for all those involved in developing and supporting children’s play, a crucial element of ensuring children’s wellbeing which is at the heart of Getting it Right for Every Child, children and young person’s policy in Scotland.