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School Services

We can assist schools to benefit their children and families through play. Please also see the downloadable brochure on this page, which has information about Play Midlothian and other local service providers.

Service models

Our service models can be designed around your needs, but typical models are:

  • Supported self-directed group play sessions – at break or lunch time, or during class time (or a session a week covering all three)

  • Supported 1:1 play – during class time

  • Supported family play sessions – during class time, open days or after school hours


The sessions could support self-directed play in general, or could be run with particular goals in mind, for example introducing ‘loose parts’ to create more stimulating play that encourages teamwork, or supporting the inclusion of children you are worried are left out of play, or increasing parental participation in the life of the school. They could include a mix of children or focus on target children.

We can also provide training and consultancy services to build the capacity of school staff (and/or other community partners) to provide supported play.


Play Midlothian and St David's Primary are working in partnership to provide high quality play sessions across the primary setting. Highly skilled practitioners from Play Midlothian provide tailored and responsive play opportunities both within and beyond the school day. This partnership is facilitating wider opportunities for family engagement and is supporting learners to develop essential life skills to support them across their learning. The highly bespoke service offered by Play Midlothian has enabled St David's to build capacity and use PEF funding to creatively deliver a stimulating programme responsive to the needs of our learners. Play Midlothian provide a professional service which is well considered ensuring clear timescales, details of interventions and evidence of impact. This is having a significant impact on improving the outcomes of our school community.

Gill McPherson, Head Teacher, St David’s RC Primary School

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