Play Midlothian works to improve and increase children’s opportunity to play, because we know how important play is for their health, wellbeing and development.

It is important for children’s lives in the here and now, as well as for their future life chances.

Strategic goals

Play Midlothian wants a world in which every child is able to flourish, through exercising their right to play and accessing quality play opportunities.

Play Midlothian’s mission is to help Midlothian’s children to flourish through improving and increasing their opportunity to play.

We have two overarching strategic aims:

  • To provide enriching opportunities for children to play in support of their health, wellbeing and development
  • To build family, community and professional capacity to support play

Achieving our mission

We work with a wide range of people and organisations. All children need and benefit from play, with their friends, with their parents/carers (especially in the early years) and with skilled playworkers when children need support – and alone when preferred. Play can be particularly beneficial for children who require extra support, helping to mitigate difficulties they may be experiencing.

Underpinning values

Playing is something children have a right to do. This right is protected in article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international agreement that the UK has signed up to:

‘State Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.’