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The Play@Home programme national roll out

In the Play@Home programme (external link) national roll out, parents and carers have a crucial role to play in encouraging children to experience and interact with the world around them including situations outside the family home.

The Play@Home programme originated in New Zealand. It is a physical activity programme for children from birth to five years which encourages interaction and loving touch to encourage bonding between parent and child.

The Play@Home programme is designed to provide parents and carers with activity ideas for playing with their child from the earliest days. Resources are provided to parents, including three booklets for the target ages of 0-1 years, 1-3 years, and 3-5 years with inexpensive, easy-to-follow ideas and activities that assist parents with the challenges of parenthood and childcare.

The booklets include activities for babies and children to stimulate their curiosity, imagination and creativity and influence overall development through play activities, movement to music and interaction with other children and adults.

The resources:

  • provide parents and carers with free information and guidance
  • encourage children's enjoyment of physical activity and play from an early age
  • encourage communication through talking and listening
  • develop body awareness and promote the development of physical movement, coordination and motor skills
  • promote the value of social interaction and stimulus so that children learn to interact socially and communicate
  • promote the value of physical touch and positive reassurance. 

NHS Health Scotland has been tasked with the planning and delivery of the national rollout of Play@Home across Scotland through training for professionals, and the programme is being made universally available to parents.

It is expected that additional support will be provided on a local basis to families who require it to access these resources. Professionals are trained in innovative ways to engage families and encouraged to provide practical demonstrations of play to individuals and groups.