we are playbase

Our online courses teach you about the development of young children. Our courses are also a great way to learn basic digital skills for work, life and study.

Whether you're a mum, dad, carer or early years professional, learning all about play makes life better for you and the children you look after.

We always have the interests of our students at heart. We are independent and voluntary.

we run online courses

Our child development training ranges from introductory courses to qualifications that could help you start a childcare career. Our newest course is on Digital Play for young children and has been developed by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and Playbase. We can also run short courses in subjects from storytelling to understanding children under three.

We create a safe online space for people to learn and build their knowledge, skills and confidence. Our students can use their new skills and knowledge straightaway at home to help their children learn and play.

Online tutors are there to respond to students' needs and interests, tailoring courses and suggesting routes for progression . Our training support worker is also there for anyone who needs a bit of extra help.

We keep our costs low and offer special rates for people who receive benefits and a free course for asylum seekers.

people say nice things about us

This course delivers professional information about child development. I think that parents or anyone who wants to understand and support the development of children would really benefit from this course. There is lots of flexibility in the course and the tutor is very helpful. This is a fantastic course and I have really enjoyed it! I will be carrying on to the next level.

Anna, Edinburgh

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LAST ARTICLE: posted Thursday 4th May 2017
Trustee/Secretary Background: Playbase is a national online and classroom based training provider.  We offer training in child development and the importance of play suitable for parents, nursery and health professionals and those wishing to seek employment in a childcare...

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07419 374748

opening times

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9.30 am - 3.00 pm Thursdays 9.30 am - 1.30 pm


oh, and don't forget to give our free app a go

Our free app ‘What will we do today?’ suggests quality play activities that parents, grandparents and carers can use to help their children learn through play. You can search by category, keyword, go for a lucky dip, see the most popular and save your favourites to your account. It is available as a web app meaning you can access it on any device with an internet browser.