What is a Playscheme?

What are they?

Playschemes offer local children the opportunity to mix socially with other children during the school holidays, taking part in supervised activities.  Activities can include arts & crafts, games, sport-based activities and outings – both educational and FUN.

Playschemes take children on trips and outings, to places that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit.  Playschemes have access to travel passes for these outings.


How to playschemes operate?

Playschemes are run by local people, parents and volunteers, for children in their community.  Playschemes run during Easter, Summer and october school holidays.  They can run up to 5 days a week, operating morning and/or afternoon sessions, or a mixture of both.  the sessions are usually from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The number of sessions and days actually operating is decided by the volunteers involved in the running of the playscheme.  Playschemes must run from a base and many playschemes choose to run from a local school during holiday periods.  Alternatively, playschemes can operate from community facilities e.g. neighbourhood halls, church halls etc.


What age groups are catered for?

Playschemes cater for children aged between 5 and 16 years, however, playschemes operating for children with a disability extend the age limit to 18 years.  Some playschemes (usually parent run) include children under the age of 5, but these children are in the care of their parent/guardian at all times.

It should be noted that these parents should not be included in the ratio for supervising any children other than their own.


What funding to playschemes receive?

Playschemes may apply for a grant from their local council.  If this is awarded, they will also access playscheme travel passes and playscheme insurance.  Each travel pass allows 2 adults and 8 children to travel free on most public transport within Strathclyde boundaries.  This includes buses, trains, underground and ferries.  In the case of special needs playschemes, up to 5 adults and 5 children may travel with a pass, to allow a ratio as appropriate to the needs of the child.

Playscheme grants are usually,imimal and most playschemes have to look at other funding and also fundraise to assist with trips and outings etc.