Call for evidence

Reimagining our ambitions for children's play

The Play Commission is gathering evidence and expertise to inform the policy recommendations that we make in our final report. We are calling for organisations and individuals with professional expertise or lived experience to share their knowledge and views by submitting evidence to our commission. 

The key areas we are examining are explained in more detail here but more broadly we are asking for submissions around the following questions: 

  • How do we boost learning through play? 
  • How do we expand places and environments where children can play?
  • How can we use children’s right to play to ensure national and local government support children’s play?
  • How do we provide children and families with more time to play?
  • How do we harness technology and the digital world to boost children’s play?
  • How do we encourage parents to play with their children and to encourage their children to play in the offline world? 

Our call for evidence opens from June 11th and closes on 30th September 2024.

If you would like to make a submission please send a word document setting out your evidence and recommendations to Please use the email subject title ‘Call for Evidence – Play Commission submission'. 

Thank you.

Our Focus Areas

Learning through play

How to boost learning through play, including the benefits of free and structured play, formal and informal play environments, and child, parent, and teacher-led play.

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Places to play

Exploring the availability of public spaces (squares, housing estates, parks, playgrounds, streets, youth centres, ‘Sure Start’ centres, nurseries, schools) and private (gardens, houses, businesses).

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The right to play

Consideration of national and local Council responsibilities, tenancy agreements, no ball games signs, UNCRC (as adopted in Scotland), even potentially a possible test legal case.

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Time to play

Exploring the changing school day and year (breaks, after school, half term, and holidays) and changing environments outside school.

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Digital Play

How and where children can play in the digital and real realms.

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Parents and play

How parents’ own relationships to play and their views on safety impact on how their children play.

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