Play Strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government

Play Strategy for Scotland

In June 2013, the Scottish Government launched Scotland’s first national Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Vision. This Strategy was built on the views of children and young people, parents and carers, the play sector and others involved in children’s wellbeing.

The Vision:

We want Scotland to be the best place to grow up. A nation which values play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all our children and young people; in their homes, nurseries, schools and communities.

The Play Strategy seeks to improve the play experiences of all children and young people, including those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. It aims to ensure all children and young people can access play opportunities in a range of settings which offer variety, adventure and challenge. They must be able to play freely and safely while learning to manage risks and make choices about where, how and when they play according to their age, stage, ability and preference.

In the Plan, the Scottish Government have identified outcomes and actions which have been set in four domains:

  • In the home
  • At nursery and school
  • In the community
  • Positive support for play


  • Introduction
  • Policy Context
  • What do we mean by...?
  • Implementation Structure
  • Vision, Principles and Outcomes
  • Action Plan: In the Home
  • Action Plan: At the Nursery and School
  • Action Plan: In the Community
  • Action Plan: Positive Support for Play