1 George Street, Dumfries, Scotland, DG1 1EA
+44 (0) 1387 249990


At Playworks our vision is to support every child in all aspects of health and wellbeing, learning and development, to gain skills they can use and transfer throughout their whole life. We believe every child deserves high quality care and that they have the right to play, explore and extend their knowledge and individual interests, at their own pace. Adults will provide the appropriate amount of support, encouragement and challenge required to reach their full potential and be all they can be.


We believe that all children deserve to be protected from harm, nurtured, inspired and celebrated for their individuality. We help them to assess and measure risk to make beneficial judgement around safety. We strive to reinforce the values for learning, fairness, compassion and honesty.

We hold the diversity of the beliefs, cultures and lifestyles of our children’s families, and the communities in which they live, in very high regard; we respect and acknowledge them all equally.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31, is at the heart of our values, it states:

‘Every child should have the right to rest, leisure, play and recreation and to take part in cultural and artistic activities’


We aim to help each, and every child here feel:

Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included

The health, welfare and safety needs of each child is at the centre of our work. We uphold local and national guidelines, policies and early-years frameworks to raise standards in learning and prepare children for the future.

Playworks staff respect the role of parents as the primary educators of their children. We strive to promote an ethos of working together and encouraging all parents to be involved in their children’s early learning and childcare, working inclusively with them and all other early-years agencies and professionals to contribute towards each child’s entitlement to having the best possible journey through their early years.