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Play development

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture's Play development section. Link to the Children's Activities in South Lanarkshire Facebook pageLike the Children's Activities in South Lanarkshire Facebook page

Welcome to South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, Play Services. Our focus is on fun as well as children and young people's holistic development. Our aim is to provide fun play programmes, in line with the Play Principals which include the 16 play types and 4 play spaces which were devised by Bob Hughes and are noted below;

Play Types
Symbolic Play, Rough and Tumble Play, Socio-dramatic Play, Creative Play, Communication Play, Dramatic Play, Deep Play, Exploratory Play, Fantasy Play, Imaginative Play, Locomotor Play, Mastery Play, Object Play, Role Play and Recapitulative Play.

Play Spaces
Affective Play Space, Permanent play space, Physical play space and Transient play space.

These are now used widely, in play settings across Scotland and as part of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture's training for the Play Workers.

Benefits of play

Children can learn to:

  • Think for themselves
  • Make their own decisions
  • Have confidence in their abilities
  • Develop empathy
  • Develop values
  • Test out strategies without the stigma of failure
  • Resolve contradictions and inconsistencies
  • Communicate their needs, beliefs and desires more clearly
  • Develop an understanding of the interrelationship of everything
  • Question everything

Contact details:
Tanya O'Hara,
Play Development Officer/Play Officer
Tel: 01698476194
E-mail: Tanya.o'hara@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk

Kim Kilgannon,
Play Development Officer
Tel: 01698 476195
E-mail: Kim.Kilgannon@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk



  • Additional support needs play zones

    Additional support needs play zones

    SLLC support children from many backgrounds with a wide range of abilities. We carefully support each child individually, to provide them with a fulfilling, positive experience.

  • Mobile play service

    Mobile play service

    Can't make it to our Play service.. Then why not have us come to you, with our two mobile play units.

  • Term time play zones

    Term time play zones

    We offer a range of activities including big games, circle games, team games, treasure hunts, parachute games, sports, obstacle courses, quiet games, arts and crafts and much more.

  • Weekend events

    Weekend events

    Hire our bouncy castle, 'Towdabout' and play staff for gala days, special events and maybe some face painters for even more fun