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Early Years Early Action Summer Newsletter

Follow the link below to download Inspiring Scotland’s first newsletter for their Early Years Early Action Portfolio.  Find out more about the portfolio ventures and what has been happening over the summer.  EYEAF Summer Newsletter 2012Read More

CVS Action Earth Awards

CSV Action Earth Awards of up to £250 are available to groups of volunteers carrying out environmental activities. This could include planting nectar-rich flowers or fruit-bearing trees and shrubs to support butterflies, bees and birds, creating new habitats for wildlife: for example wildflower meadows, ponds and hedgerows or generally improving woodlands and other green spaces to make them more wildlife friendly.  Click on …Read More

Inspiring Scotland

A new small capacity building fund opened last week inviting applications from charities that would like support with developing ideas helping more children in Scotland benefit from free play.  Inspiring Scotland can offer up  to 18 months of support for people within the play sector, using tailored capacity building support to turn their idea into a reality.  You can download the …Read More

Play On Wheels Fife Vehicle Launch

Smart Play Network in partnership with Working on Wheels were delighted to welcome the Minister for Children and Young People at the launch of our new Play On Wheels vehicle in Fife. Aileen Campbell MSP cut the ribbon on our new vehicle at Pitteuchar East Primary School in Glenrothes yesterday (28th Feb 12) to an audience of local councillors, Scottish …Read More

Play Plus Toy Library Edinburgh awarded Waste Action Funding

The Play Plus Toy Library in Edinburgh has been awarded funding for new toys and resources from the Edinburgh Waste Action programme.  This funding will help them provide a range of new durable play items including resources for children with additional support needs.  Toy Libraries are vital in communities and can offer a lifeline for parents.  Toy libraries encourage play …Read More

Smart Play Network welcomes members

Smart Play Network began accepting membership applications today (1st February 2012).  We are delighted that so many toy libraries are already sending in their forms and taking advantage of our special offer of half price membership in this first year of operating as a new organisation. Click here to find out more about becoming a member of Smart Play Network. …Read More

Our new Play on Wheels vehicle for Fife

January sees the beginning of delivery for our Early Years Early Action funded Play on Wheels programme.  Now, with vehicles working in Dundee and Fife, we reach even more children than before.  Kirsten in Dundee and Ben in Fife are taking bookings from schools, nurseries and community groups (including parents!) for our unique play sessions and programme of workshops.  Find …Read More

A wonderful article and insight in to the joys of autism

This was passed on through facebook to me from a former colleague of Playmatters.  It is brilliant and very thought provoking.  Well worth a read and a share… http://www.shiftjournal.com/2011/11/30/the-obsessive-joy-of-autism/  Read More

Sunday Herald article on the Power of Play.

Follow the link below to a special report published on Sunday (27.11.11) in the Sunday Herald about the Power of Play.  Three of Inspiring Scotland’s Go Play projects including Smart Play Network’s Play On Wheels project in Dundee are featured including quotes from Lesley Fox our CEO on the sometimes detrimental impact our health and safety culture could be having …Read More

Minister for Children and Early Years launches the Play Talk Read Bus

Angela Constance, MSP and Minister for Children and Early Years was in Haddington today to see the first day of the Play Talk Read vehicle taking to the road.  The bespoke double decker has been specially converted to take the Play Talk Read message across each Local Authority in Scotland.  In partnership with a number of agencies including Play@home, Book …Read More
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