Ready to Play?
We always find that adults’ eyes light up when we ask them to tell us about the games they played when they were young. Whether it was in the playground or on the street, children always seemed to be busy playing. Play is the work of children; it prepares them for adult hood and our social living and working environments.
The importance of providing opportunities for children to play in an unstructured environment where they experience risk and challenge is being increasingly documented. Unfortunately, due to increased school pressures and more structured extra-curricular time, as well as the increased use of technology, children’s opportunities to play freely are being drastically reduced.
At Operation Play Outdoors we are passionate about providing children and young people with these opportunities and in supporting those who work with young people to understand how and why these play opportunities should be provided.
We can work with your organisation to design and deliver a series of play sessions that will enable your young people to develop invaluable life skills while simply playing. We will provide opportunities for; free, unstructured play, where imagination, investigation and discovery prevail; risky play, where assessing risk, understanding consequences and building resilience are key; group games where the young people are encouraged to take the lead, change the rules and gain ownership of a game they will then remember for years to come.
Our aim is to empower young people and leave them and your staff with the tools and motivation to continue playing long after you’ve been out to play with Operation Play Outdoors.
We provide many exciting play experiences for organisations over the school holidays as well as opportunities for big kids (Adults) to get out and play as well. Contact us for more details and we’d be happy to create a tailored play experience for your group.
Our Play Sessions
At each OpOut Play Session:
- We have meticulously planned to meet the needs, ages, and abilities of your group.
- We understand the importance of play in all peoples lives and encourage individuals to expand on the ideas we bring to the session.
- Participants will be allowed free time to try out ideas they have and expand on the activities.
- Our play sessions can be delivered indoors and outdoors.
Prices & Extras
The best way to get started is to get in touch and we can see how play sessions will work for you.
Importance of Play
United Nations Convention on the Right to the Child – Article 31.
Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and recreational activities.
Play Strategy for Scotland
Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s well being; socially, economically and environmentally…Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood.
Research has shown that children who have the opportunity to play outside and are exposed to a level of risk are healthier, happier, more resilient and more confident. The strategy encourages a risk-benefit approach to playing outside – a move away from the culture of risk aversion and the inflated sense of danger that can often lead to children being kept inside, with little freedom to grow and develop as individuals.
Bring play to your event?
Do you have an upcoming event and looking for something new to entertain large groups. We have lots of experience working at events and provided sessions tailored to your needs. We pride ourselves in being able to provide play for all group sizes, ages and abilities in any location. Try us out.
Do you run a youth club and looking for some new ideas?
We have lots of games and activities to share that could bring refreshing new ideas to your youth club. We will tailor the games and activities to fit the ages and abilities within your club setting.
Working with a large group of children and young people and not sure how to entertain them?
We have lots of experience working with large groups of all ages and can organise exciting games and activities to keep them entertained. We can deliver in both indoor and outdoor venues.
Are Play Sessions for you?
We can work with all groups to create play sessions unique to you. Examples of groups include Schools, After School Cares, Nurseries, Community Groups, Charities, Private Groups, Local Government, Housing Associations, Organisations, etc.
Play Sessions FAQ’s
How many sessions do I need to do?
Our play sessions are tailored to meet the needs of your group and organisation. You can choose to do just one session or we can programme multiple play sessions that provide long term play benefits. The sessions can delivered over a couple of hours, half days or full days. We will discuss these options and create play sessions unique to your group.
Where can I do play sessions?
We will bring the play sessions to your venue or location of choice. The session can be run both indoors and outdoors. The venue must be a suitable play space and risk assessed for the play activities involved. We will arrange a time to meet with you and discuss your play requirements as well as checking out the play space. Your group or organisation must have permission to use the desired play space and you are accountable for paying venue fees and any other associated costs outwith the play session facilitation fees.
Does our organisation or group need to provide an adult helper or staff member?
Yes, it is important that when you book play sessions with us that you include a staff member or helper to attend on the group/organisations behalf. We are responsible for running the play sessions as well as the safety of the session but a supervising adult must be present during all sessions to ensure the group management and being responsible for getting children to and from the session. We expect the staff member or supervising adult to help out where possible and within reason. It is important for participants to see staff and adult helpers taking part and modelling good practice within the play environment.
Is there any free play during these sessions?
Yes, we firmly believe in the power of free play and want the participants to explore their play space and play potential. We like to give ideas and come provided with lots of options and then see how the play progresses. The participant is the focus for all the session and it is important to us that they feel empowered to develop their play and expand on the ideas that they have.