The Yard

at 22 Eyre Place Lane, Edinburgh, EH3 5EH United Kingdom

A purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure playground in Edinburgh for children and young people with additional support needs.

The Yard
22 Eyre Place Lane
Edinburgh EH3 5EH
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: 0131 476 4506


Visiting The Yard is a unique and dynamic adventure experienced every year by more than 1700 children and young people with additional support needs. Our doors open daily throughout the year to schools, families, disabled children and young people, their siblings and friends. Our role in the lives of children and families is an ambitious one. We aim to provide care, support, fun and friendship in equal measure whilst encouraging families to let go and promote challenge, personal growth and supported independence for their children. The services for families have grown over the 25 years since The Yard’s inception in 1986. Parents and social workers came together and recognised the need for a safe space for their disabled children to play More than two decades on the centre is thriving. The Yard of the 80’s was established as a play space that would become a family and community centre that would support children, siblings, parents and carers. In spite of its growth The Yard has retained this holistic approach and its ethos of a child centred, child led play service has remained intact. We offer a daily diet of play sessions for special schools as an integral part of their curriculum and weekly our soft play is invaded by pre school children and chattering parents. Our family sessions twice a week couple respite with peer support for mums, dads, and siblings alike. Our four youth groups and our young adults club run throughout the year and are the starting point for friendships that extend out with The Yard. They give young disabled people the chance to socialise and try out new things with support from the Playteam but independent from parents and carers. We aim to share our knowledge and skills with other professionals through our national and local training programmes. In house we offer a weekly programme of disability training on autism awareness, challenging behaviour, Signalong and inclusive play amongst others. In the delivery of all our services we think creatively and carefully and use materials and junk that others would cast aside. This prudence and bent for recycling and upcycling in lieu of investing pounds in plastic sits well alongside the natural curiosity of children and the creative nature of our staff. It results in a flexible play experience that is child centred and stimulating for all abilities. Our team stand back and reflect as much as they step in to encourage and facilitate inclusive play. Only then can children and young people discover the next level for themselves. Each and every session is reflected on and recorded and this consistent practice has allowed The Yard to build a library of experience that we willingly share with other organisations. Our greatest accolade is a sea of smiling faces across the adventure play ground and children and young people sharing, space, time and playful laughter together. Our service is inspected with equal rigour by the Care Inspectorate and their latest review described our strengths as a family service. Our vision for the future extends beyond our humble beginnings and we are working with other organisations in other areas of Scotland to share our experience and open similar centres nationwide.

General Info

We are open to families with children with additional support needs on a drop-in basis Friday afternoons 1pm-4pm during term-time and 10am-4pm on Saturdays year round. We are open 6 days 10am-4pm in school holidays.

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We arrrrr looking forward to welcoming all our families tomorrow to our pirate theme annual family fun day from 11am-4pm at The Yard. There will be a bouncy castle, BBQ and home baking for sale so all contributions welcome.

Published on 2014-08-29 08:21:39 GMT

We are currently recruiting for new Board Members /

Published on 2014-07-16 08:49:01 GMT

We have some marathon places still available for this year's Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 28th September. The marathon is now closed to general entries but you can run and feel good knowing that you are raising funds for The Yard! If you are interested please contact Anna on

Published on 2014-07-15 17:00:01 GMT

Play Rangers starts today, off Pennywell Road, Muirhouse. Runs for 4 weeks, Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm come rain or shine!

Published on 2014-07-14 10:56:04 GMT

Well that's the Playground back open and all spruced up for the summer so come and see us soon

Published on 2014-06-23 10:25:56 GMT

Remember we are closed tomorrow Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June. Open next week from Monday. All clubs running as normal.

Published on 2014-06-19 15:52:54 GMT

We enjoyed Wild in the Park in Holyrood Park today - glorious weather and lots going on