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Play and leisure

Play and leisure
All children enjoy playing and joining in leisure activities. Children need these experiences for lots of reasons. It helps children develop their understandings, and they learn to mix and make friends with other children in lots of different places - playgroups, nurseries, crèche facilities and in the park.
There will be many facilities in your local community that provide opportunities for play and leisure for children. Many children with additional support needs use their local playgroups and nursery schools. Some groups are more experienced than others in including children with additional support needs in play activities. Your child has the right to have a place in your local provision.
“I just feel that it’s so important to keep her in touch with other children.”
School-age children with additional needs should be able to join in local community resources and access local play facilities. These facilities should be accessible for all children. Some areas have special summer play-schemes and other activities for children with additional support needs. Your local authority should be able to tell you about these.
All children need play and fun. If you need information on play and places to go with your child, contact your local autoritiy's childcare partnership.
​Useful links
Education Scotland's guide for parents and carers.
The Scottish family information service website.

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