Find updates on play, learning, and the environment, from across the wider network in Scotland – and beyond.

26thOctober 2022

Spotted any badger activity this month?

This blogpost in Scotland’s Nature (25 October 2022) reveals aspects of the badger’s appearance in folklore and literature, and on Scotland’s Gaelic landscape. Read The Surly Animal of the Yellow Moon to discover links with badger activity and the full moon in October.

20thOctober 2022

U.S. cities’ collaboration aims to give all children access to nature

This Child in the City article (18 October 2022) shares the news that more cities have joined a national peer network of 32 other U.S. cities committed to increasing access to nature for all children, irrespective of their ability, race or family income. Read more to find out more about [...]

20thOctober 2022

More kindergarten, less school for Scotland’s young children?

This TES article explores the issues of delaying school start to extend the play based pedagogy for young children, and the implications for the staff resource. Children in Scotland shared the link in their latest news bulletin: ‘Kindergarten stage’ in Scotland: what must happen to make it work TES Scotland [...]

22ndSeptember 2022

Why we might be getting outdoor education (very) wrong

School Outdoor Learning have shared this TES article about outdoor education. In particular, this quote stood out, "No research proves that forest school is any more beneficial than any other type of outdoor learning." The point being that all time spent learning outdoors is good for children and teachers. Forest [...]

14thSeptember 2022

New to Nature placements launched

Greenspace Scotland share the news that Groundwork UK have launched the New to Nature project. New to Nature will see young people aged 18-25 given new, full-time, temporary jobs in nature and landscape organisations across the UK (including Scotland), increasing diversity and enriching the sector.