Active Play, Active Communities

Child riding balance bike
Child riding balance bike

Active Play, Active Communities


Active Play, Active Communities – using early years cycling to build healthy, happy relationships

This event brings together the worlds of early years education, community engagement and health and wellbeing, with a focus on the cycle programme, Play Together on Pedals.

Free tickets are available here:

Play Together on Pedals is a programme that delivers training in nurseries and community groups, enabling staff and volunteers to teach under-5s to ride bikes. Our community work builds on the curriculum-based early years programme and supports and encourages families to get out on their bikes together.

The purpose of the day is to showcase the very valuable and wide-reaching work that Play Together on Pedals does and to underline that it is about much more than teaching children to ride bikes – the programme can break down barriers, improve relationships and build skills, confidence and independence. We have seen the benefits of delivering the programme across education, community groups and families and we believe that this joined-up approach is applicable in a variety of contexts. By bringing together a wide selection of speakers with expertise across a range of topics, we hope to demonstrate Play Together on Pedals' far-reaching potential.

Why come to this event?

Learn about the range of benefits of early years cycle training from the instructors and early years practitioners who have experience of delivering the programme
Gain an insight into the wider benefits that come with encouraging active play in under-5s
Opportunities to find out more about the logistics and strategies behind the programme, and discover how it could work in a variety of settings
Hear from fascinating speakers representing a breadth of topics
Who should come to this event?

Nursery managers/providers
Local authority children and young people professionals
Elected representatives with an interest in education
Academics interested in early years
Other professionals interested in early learning and childcare, healthcare and social work
Representatives from community groups
Confirmed speakers include:

- Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner
- Dr Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow) and Dr Jenny Wood (Heriot Watt University), specialists in children's rights and urban planning
- Stacey Marko (International Play Association, Scotland)

Address Details 
Scottish Storytelling Centre 43-45 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SR

Contact details

Emily Ryder