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Play Matters: March 2016

Hello Play Matters subscribers! It's the end of another month, and we hope you've found lots of opportunities to play in the spring sunshine and showers! We've seen lots of play news online recently, and we've also got some exciting news of our own concerning the Community Play Award - check it all out below!

Want to check in with the world of play on a daily basis? You can by following us on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest - we've got lots of play related articles, news stories, blog links, pictures, quotes and more!

As always, if you have any play-related news, big or small, drop us an email - we'd love to hear from you!

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Play News

Community Play Award 2016 winner
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Community Play Award 2016 is Smithton Outdoor Explorers After School Club and Green Leaf Garden. We saw a significant increase in the number of applications this year, which we were very encouraged by. Play Highland would like to thank all groups that submitted an application, and congratulations again to Smithton Outdoor Explorers After School Club and Green Leaf Garden - we'll have more info from our winners soon, so watch this space!

Supporting families and communities - £2 million additional investment allocated
The Scottish Government has announced an additional £2 million will be awarded to charities supporting children, families and adult learning over the next 2 years. The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund has already supported over 100 third sector organisations, providing more than £14 million worth of core funding to deliver services.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, commented: 'Tackling inequalities is at the heart of this government’s ambition to create a fairer Scotland and charities and other third sector groups are crucial in achieving this. The first round of fund allocations announced last year enabled more than 100 organisations across Scotland to plan and deliver work to benefit a range of people in our communities.'

To read more about this funding news, visit the Scottish Government website.

Coping with risk and danger should be part of curriculum - HSE chair, Dame Judith Hackitt
Coping with risk and danger is crucial to children's education and should be part of the school curriculum, the chairwoman of the Health and Safety Executive has said. Dame Judith Hackitt, who has been the chair of HSE for over eight years, has said children are suffering under an “excessively risk-averse” culture in schools, which is stifling their readiness for the real world. Her comments were made during a speech to the Royal Academy of Engineering. To read more of the article, click here.

Three-quarters of UK children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates - survey
Three-quarters of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates, according to a new survey. The new research reveals the extent to which children's time spent playing in parks, wood and fields has shrunk. A fifth of the children did not play outside at all on an average day, the poll found. Despite warnings from experts that active play is essential to the health and development of children, parents’ fears, lack of green spaces and the popularity of digital technology is leading youngsters to lead enclosed lives. To read more on this news item, click here.
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The Intelligence of Play - Mr Fox Magazine

Parents capture their kids learning the lost art of unplugged play - Quartz

Free the Kids - The Wild Network

Meet Warren Elsmore: The man who plays with Lego for a living - STV News

Why are schools and parents keeping children indoors? - The Telegraph
Our favourite play quotes this month





Great quote from Twitter via @cisweb (Children in Scotland








Our favourite quote on Facebook this month shared by Janet Lansbury - Elevating Child Care








Great quote from Pinterest via Imagination Playground
 
Dates for your diary

Woodland Heritage Festival at Ledmore & Migdale - 23rd April 2016 - Join Woodland Trust Scotland to celebrate all the amazing work that has taken place at Ledmore and Migdale over the last few years.

Walk to School Week - 16th to 20th May 2016 - Join over a million pupils and their families to celebrate walking to school.

Empty Classroom Day - 17th June 2016 - a day when schools sign up and promise to hold at least one lesson outside, such a great opportunity for outdoor learning.
 
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