Play conference

Play and Resilience

There are still some spaces left for our 10th play conference, 9.15am-4pm Saturday 27 October.

You can download the flier and full programme here.

To book a space and select your workshop preferences please visit

This year our conference will be exploring play and resilience, and, in partnership with Midlothian Sure Start, will start with a screening of ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope’, the film which explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

This is an area that is increasingly being talked about in relation to children and young people, leading to an increased awareness of how we (practitioners, volunteers, parents, etc) can provide support, create opportunities and develop relationships to ensure that our youngest members of society have the best possible start in life.

Throughout the conference we will be exploring play and its potential as a protective factor for all children and young people. We will be looking at the ways in which play can help develop and boost resilience, helping to provide children and young people with the experience and tools to cope when life presents them with challenges.

Following the film screening, attendees will hear from our two key note speakers, Sue Palmer and Tam Baillie, who will explore the links around play and resilience, before leading a panel discussion on themes touched upon through the film. Sue Palmer is the author of ‘Toxic Childhood’, ‘21st Century Boys’ and ‘Upstart’ and Tam Baillie is a former Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland.

During the day there will also be 7 different workshops on offer, with attendees selecting their 3 most preferred. We will try to give everyone their preferred choices; however, workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Feedback from previous events includes:

‘A very high quality conference, very helpful for a wide variety of people within childcare, social care, police and many more.’ (delegate)

‘I felt the conference has offered a wider range of tools, knowledge and games, excellent day!’ (delegate)

‘I learned a lot about my perceptions of play and how I should change my approaches to make it enjoyable and more beneficial for the children’ (delegate)

‘Very informative, have gained a lot! Fantastic conference’ (delegate)