Bookbug Conference 2019

The Power of Play - In Partnership with NHS Health Scotland

The Bookbug Conference is back! We will be hosting our conference on 19 March in a fabulous new venue; the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. 

This year, we are partnering with NHS Health Scotland and looking at the importance of play for babies and young children.

“If we think about reading as a playful act, we’re more likely to have children who are not only keener to read, but actually who read with more imagination and more personal input.” 

Dr Vivienne Smith

We'll be exploring the impact of playful parenting and why play is important for language as well as showcasing the many benefits of physical play for health and wellbeing and exploring opportunities for working together across disciplines. We will be focussing especially on:

  • How play supports language development 
  • How play benefits child development, both physically and emotionally 
  • The importance of outdoor play and it’s benefits and opportunities
  • Digital play
  • The influence of gender on play

The day will also include workshops and creative skills sessions. View the agenda here now

Tickets cost £50 inclusive of VAT. It is possible to request payment by invoice. Select this option under "Payment Method" on Eventbrite or contact 

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Confirmed Speakers

Chair: Bruce Adamson - The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

Dr Victoria Leong - Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge 

Maree Todd MSP - Minister for Early Years and Childcare

Tracey Ratcliffe - Lead for Early Intervention and Prevention, Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy Service

Gwen Bell - Speech and Language Therapist

Pamela Butchart - Author 


Confirmed Exhibitors

CALL Scotland - a National Service providing expertise in assistive technology to support children and young people overcome disability and barriers to learning.

Chatterbox Champions - an exciting new resource to promote early language, communication and pre-reading skills. Simple games, rhymes, songs and activities encourage adult/child conversations and can be used at home, by childminders or in early years settings.

Early Years Scotland - the leading national third sector organisation for children pre-birth to 5. 

Play Together on Pedals - an early years and family cycling programme, run in partnership between Cycling UK, Cycling Scotland and Play Scotland. We provide free training to early years staff to teach children how to use a pedal bike through the use of games and play within safe off-road environments.


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