Dull play areas don’t encourage outdoor play


This Child in the City article (20th April 2018) describes research indicating that the dullness of  play areas is the reason why two-thirds of Dutch children never play outside or only once a week, and describes generational and gender differences. Favourite play areas were the schoolyard, the garden…

Read More Published: 26.04.18

Transforming educational practices to increase children’s outdoor play


This Child in the City article (07/02/18) reflects on a three year study of an outdoor education research project in Portugal where gradual changes in pedagogical practice created quality outdoor play opportunities for children. The key finding was that cooperation between adults is an important aspect for the…

Read More Published: 12.04.18

Introduction to social and emotional learning in schools


An Early Intervention Foundation online guide (09 February 2018) reviewing social and emotional skills in young children, summarised as five interrelated sets of cognitive, emotional and behavioural competencies. This could support the evaluation of outdoor nature based programme outcomes.

Read More Published: 11.04.18

Excuses used by children to stay indoors, and parents’ responses


This article in the Independent by Grant Bailey (30 March 2018) highlights a survey of British parents which found that wet weather and fears about getting muddy are among excuses children use to avoid playing outdoors. It also lists children’s top 15 favourite things to do outdoors.

Read More Published: 10.04.18

The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development in Children

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This resource was developed in the US to support and promote the benefits of outdoor play and or break times in schools, preschools and early childhood programs. It describes stages in child development from early years to primary school age and the outdoor play opportunities at each stage.…

Read More Published: 10.04.18

Scotland’s Outdoor Learning Directory aims to provide a portal to services supporting outdoor learning which are provided by these Scottish organisations.

Forestry Commission Scotland Scottish Natural Heritage Lomond & Trossachs NP Natural Scotland Cairngorms National Park Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh SEPA Education Scotland Historic Environment Scotland