Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Vision
The Scottish Government's vision for children and young people is clear: for Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up.
Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s wellbeing; socially, economically and environmentally. Our people are our greatest resource and the early years of life set the pattern for children’s future development. ‘The experiences children have in early life – and the environments in which they have them – shape their developing brain architecture and strongly affect whether they grow up to be healthy, productive members of society’ (Harvard University, 2007). Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood and ‘when children play their brains
do two things: they grow and the become organised and usable’ (Hughes, 2013). By investing in all our children and young people now we can strengthen their ability to achieve their full potential.