Out2Play takes place twice per week in Woodburn and once per week in each of Mayfield and Gorebridge. The sessions are aimed at children living near the park sites used.

Play sessions take place in public space, encouraging children to play out and access play close to home. This in turn reduces safety concerns around playing out and builds positive connections in the community.

Our community playworkers take resources for all sorts of play, including sports and games equipment, arts and crafts materials and loose parts (such as large pieces of fabric, crates and guttering). There are no set ways to play with loose parts and children are encouraged to use their imagination. Children have the opportunity to take part in wide-ranging activities including fire bowls, den-building, water play and much more.

Our play sessions take place in the public spaces children use when there are no play sessions. Sometimes Play Midlothian is there too, to provide some more support, new opportunities, and extra things to play with. Children can play as they want, for as long as they want to stay at the session.

As a result, sessions are open access (not childcare) and children are free to come and go. Children can and do choose to leave the session space, as they would if playworkers were not present.

Playworkers may need to leave the session before the advertised end time, due to, for example, bad weather or safety concerns. In this circumstance, it is expected children will know what to do with themselves.

If you are happy for your children to be responsible for themselves they can attend without an adult. Otherwise you can attend the sessions with your child(ren). Children under five should attend with a responsible adult.

Parents/carers who drop their children off at a session and plan to later pick them up must be aware that they are still responsible for their children at all times. When children are unaccompanied during the session it will always be assumed this is because parents/carers are happy for their child to take responsibility for themselves to play out in their local park, whether or not there are playworkers present.

Out2Play ordinarily runs at the following times:

  • Monday – Cowden Park (Woodburn), 3:30-5pm
  • Tuesday – Bonnybank Play Area (Gorebridge), 3:30-5pm
  • Thursday – Oak Crescent Park (Mayfield), 3:30-5pm
  • Friday – Thornybank Square (Woodburn), 1:00-2:30pm

There can be a change to session times during school holidays (particularly the summer).