Children encouraged to play their way this summer

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Parents and carers in Argyll and Bute are being encouraged to use Parent Club as a source of support and inspiration to help keep children entertained over the summer.

The Scottish Government’s Here For You Summer Support campaign encourages parents and carers to view play time with their children as an effective way of supporting them through the coronavirus pandemic.

It also aims to reassure parents across Argyll that any form of play should be encouraged as it can be beneficial to their child’s mental and physical well-being.

Restrictions during the pandemic have limited the opportunity for children to meet up with friends or play outdoors. The online Parent Club online has developed a range of simple ideas for parents to play with children of all ages, which can help them to express themselves and have fun.

Rainy day ideas, outdoor play and quiet play are just some of the ideas, advice and information being shared with parents and carers concerned about additional pressure the summer period presents.

Maree Todd, minister for children and young people, said: ‘As lockdown restrictions ease, there will be more opportunities for children to get outside and play safely with other children, which should improve well-being for children of all ages.

‘The last few months have been an extremely challenging time for children and families and it’s important for parents to acknowledge the pressure they are under and make time for themselves for their own mental well-being. They may have exhausted their energy and ideas for spending time with their children and that’s where Parent Club can help by sharing advice, tips and suggestions.’

Play Scotland has collaborated with Parent Club to create short videos explaining how play can tackle a number of common challenges.

Marguerite Hunter Blair at Play Scotland said: ‘Some parents have been concerned with home learning over the past few months and have been worried about their children’s development. We really want to highlight to parents the benefits playtime and especially play with parents, can have on children of all ages.

‘Not only can it help with physical health, it can provide an outlet for their feelings. Play is also the brain’s favourite way of learning.’

To find out more and help make the day a little easier, visit parentclub.scot/coronavirus and follow @ParentClubScotland on Facebook and @parentclubscot on Twitter.