Price on application depending on venue and duration
Delivery Type Face to face
Training Provider Play Scotland

The importance of play in learning

The importance of play in learning covers the following topics:  The policy context for play in Scotland, what is play and why is it important, Scotland’s Play Strategy, Introduction to loose parts, risk and challenge in play and tools and resources


The course seeks to give an overview of the current context for play in Scotland, and a basic introduction to how play supports learning and some of the resources that can be accessed to support play in settings.


Course duration from 1-3 hours, venue to suit organiser.

Training Provider Overview

Play Scotland has been providing CPD training for many years and in 2014 registered PlaySTAC as our training wing of Play Scotland.

Play Scotland provides bespoke training and general training opportunities seminars and events to a wide range of degree student courses, early years practitioners and inspectors, childminders, playworkers, youth workers, the uniformed sector, school staff and teachers, local authority staff across a range of departments (health, education, architects and planning, parks and play grounds, management and design of the public realm, grounds maintenance, regeneration, environmental health, culture, leisure and sport), and many working in green infrastructure, real world learning, Forestry Commission, National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland and Scottish Canals.

Training opportunities are not confined to members but members’ discounts do apply.

Enquiries and bookings can be made through or

The range of training courses offered include:

  • Managing risk in play
  • Play types toolkit – bringing more play into the school day
  • The importance of play in learning
  • Strategic Planning for Play – PDA level 8
  • Planning for play; play, planning, place

However, courses can be designed to meet the needs of learners.  Courses are currently offered to trainee primary school teachers, pupil support assistants, planning students, early years, after school and other childcare practitioners including childminders.

Training Provider Contact Details

Provider Name: Play Scotland

Telephone: 0131 313 8859



Quality Assurance

PlaySTAC trainers ensure they are aware of the expectations of learners so that they can meet their training needs during the session.  After training, they evaluate sessions to ensure they are meeting the needs of learners and to identify ways to improve sessions in the future.  This is carried out in an anonymous way to encourage candid feedback. 

Learners are asked to identify the impact of training so that we can ensure training is making a difference to practice and to the lives of children and young people.  We continually strive for improvement in knowledge and practice.

There is a feedback system in place, and a formal complaints procedure if required.