Research briefing which is based on an online survey of 20 questions. The survey was administered in November and December 2011. Initially, childcare providers in Glasgow, East Ayrshire, West Lothian and the Shetland Isles were invited to participate, using a contact list provided by the Care Commission. Youth Scotland and the Scouts promoted awareness of the research through their ezines. Similarly, the Smartplay Network brought the research to the attention of toy library contacts. 135 responses were received from across the length and breadth of Scotland, representing a wide range of care, youth/leisure and play settings. The survey was designed and administered by Jane Crawford and Sharon McCluskie (with advice offered by John McKendrick and Susan Elsley), preliminary analysis was undertaken by Jane, and data quality checks and a more detailed analysis were completed by John.