Play conference

Play Rights Into Practice

This conference takes place Saturday 4th November 2017, from 9.30am to 4pm, at Beeslack High School in Penicuik. The full programme can be downloaded here –
Play Conference Flier 2017.


Ali Wood, Author/Researcher: What is Reflective Practice?
Through the keynote we will be exploring what reflective practice is and how we can more meaningfully do it. It will be participative and thought-provoking and revisit our day to day playwork with children.

Henry Mathias, Care Inspectorate: Scotland’s New Heath and Social Care Standards
Henry Mathias, who has led the development of the new Standards, will explore what they mean for a child’s rights to play and how they will be used by the Care Inspectorate to improve children’s experiences.


Delegates will take part in three workshops from a choice of seven, including on gender and play and drawing outdoors with children. Spaces are granted on a first come, first served basis, so book soon to ensure you get your first choices.


The booking form with rates and the full workshop listing is available to download – Play Conference Booking Form. Please note the conference is usually fully booked, so book early to avoid disappointment and take advantage of the early bird rate (if booking by 6th October).


Here’s some of the feedback from our 2016 conference:

“A very high quality conference, very helpful for a wide variety of people within childcare, social care, police and many more.” (delegate)

“It has been extremely interesting and useful, thank you!” (delegate)

“I have gained a better understanding of play and learned new skill to take back and try in my setting.” (delegate)

Conference history

Play Midlothian has to date delivered eight successful play conferences in Midlothian – the last in November 2016. The Nature of Play had 100 delegates. The event featured a presentation from Dr Suzanne Zeedyk on What play does to a child’s brain and a range of practical workshops full of inspiration on children’s play.

Feedback from previous events includes:

‘I have had a great day and found the conference well organised, informative and fun. Will take back lots of ideas and things to think about.’ (conference delegate)

‘Really brilliant and thought provoking, very inspirational speakers, and definitely worth coming to.’ (conference delegate)

‘The conference gave me more ideas in creative play and has inspired me to go and forage for more interesting natural, artistic products’(conference delegate)

‘It was an excellent conference to extend and improve skills knowledge and confidence.’ (conference delegate)