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Youth Highland’s Free Play Work

free playDownload a leaflet about our free play project.


Free Play Training

As part of our Quality Youth Work Training Initiative Youth Highland provides Free Play training courses.  These courses introduce participations to the concept of free play.  It provides practical ideas for introducing spontaneous, creative and active free play activities into youth club/group settings. The session includes lots of activity ideas for getting outdoors during  sessions, and equips participants with the skills to initiate and facilitate sessions in which children and young people develop their own games. To find out more about upcoming courses, visit the training pages of our website.  

Get Set for Play toolkit

As part of our Free Play Project we have produced a toolkit for introducing free play to youth clubs and groups, called Get Set for Play.  The toolkit is full of information and advice on introducing play activities into your youth club or group.  It includes a section full of ideas for activities and games, as well as information about the benefits of play, challenges and solutions, and paperwork (and we’ve included template policies and forms to make the paperwork as pain free as possible!).

The publication is available free of charge to all Youth Highland member clubs and groups, and is being distributed as clubs renew their Youth Highland membership.  It is also available at a small charge for non-members - £13 for Youth Scotland members, £18 for non-members. Download an order form here.

Free Play Sessions

As part of our new Activities Programme we’ll be offering free play sessions to member clubs and groups, completely free of charge.

The sessions will include activities such as

  • den building
  • playing with nature (for example, making collages with natural materials such as leaves and flowers; building houses for insects and bugs)
  • making junk models
  • dressing up games and make believe play
  • team games
  • activities which encourage children to invent their own games
  • treasure hunts

Our sessions can be run indoors or outdoors, and are adapted to suit your club setting. We undertake risk benefit assessments for all our free play activities.

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