Play Conference

Play Highland Conference 2018 – Sleep, Eat, PLAY, Repeat

Inspiring Equality and Inclusion in Planning and Delivery of Play

March 15th 2018 – 9.30am–3.30pm at the Culloden – Balloch Baptist Church


“Eat, Sleep, PLAY, Repeat” welcomed over 100 participants with a mixture of teachers, early years practitioners, social workers, primary mental health workers and UHI students among delegates.

The conference was organised by The Highland Council’s Play Improvement Group to inspire inclusion and equality in the planning and delivery of play. The conference was opened by Dr David Alston – Chair of NHS Highland who was a founding member of the Play Improvement Group.


Conference delegates participated in three play related workshops:

Playing how we want:  The benefits of play out with the gender binary” By Maggie Hume, Violence Against Women Training Officer, NHS Highland and Carrie Yavuz, Education Psychologist, Highland Council.

Play conf gender and play updated 12th March

Playing How We Want Activity


Play is for everybody” By Ruth Manson, Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist, Highland Council.

Play is for EveryBody – Ruth Manson


Active Play” By Steve Holmes, PE Development Officer, Highland Council


Active Highland Strategy – Dec 2017

Active Highland summary


Each workshop was an interactive learning session, at the end of which, participants wrote down their pledge on how they could enhance their own planning and delivery of play. This encouraged practitioners to share their innovative ideas with each other and contribute towards future play opportunities.

The conference was concluded by keynote speaker Tam Baillie, Former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People from 2009 – 2017.  He said:

“I found the conference full of buzz and enthusiasm on the importance of play. It provided an important platform for the development of a better understanding of the critical contribution play fulfils in children’s lives. I look forward to the messages from the conference spreading across all disciplines responsible for children and young people, and particularly to those in positions of influence who can make a difference at a strategic level.”


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