We are delighted to have resumed our Out2Play sessions. We are following national guidelines to keep us all safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes engaging with the Test and Protect system.
If your child will attend Out2Play, we need you to complete the form at the link below.
Out2Play runs at the following times and sites:
Tuesday – Bonnybank Play Area (Gorebridge), 3:30-5pm
Wednesday – Allen Terrace/Gibraltar Road (Dalkeith), 3:30-5pm
Thursday – Oak Crescent Park (Mayfield), 3:30-5pm
Friday – Thornybank Square (Dalkeith), 1:00-2:30pm
The sessions are aimed at children living near the above greenspaces, encouraging outdoor play close to home. The sessions reduces safety concerns around playing out and build positive connections in the community.
Our community playworkers take various resources, including sports equipment, craft materials and loose parts (such as large pieces of fabric, crates and guttering). Children have the opportunity to take part in wide-ranging opportunities including using fire bowls, den-building and messy play.
Children can play as they choose, for as long as they want to stay at the session. The sessions are drop-in and children are free to come and go from these public spaces.
If parents/carers are happy for their child(ren) to play out in parks without them, they can attend without an adult. Otherwise an adult should attend the sessions with the child(ren) - though currently this is difficult due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Children under five should always be accompanied by an adult. However, please note that due to our current need to reduce numbers, participation is limited to children aged 5+.
Adults who drop their child(ren) off at a session and plan to pick them up later must be aware that they are still responsible for their child(ren) at all times. When children are unaccompanied during the session, we will always assume this is because parents/carers are happy for their child(ren) to play unaccompanied in their local greenspace.
It is advisable that only local children who can travel independently to and from the session attend without an adult present throughout. The playworkers may need to leave a session before the advertised end time, due to, for example, bad weather or safety concerns. If this happens, it is expected children will know what to do.