28thJuly 2022

Play Scotland and ScrapAntics Playday Event August 2022

28.07.22|Categories: Events, Places|Tags: , , , , |

For this year’s national day of play, join Play Scotland and ScrapAntics at Fruit Bowls Community Garden in Dundee for #Playday2022 on Wednesday 3rd August, 11am – 3pm. Date/Time:  Wednesday 03/08/2022 11am-3pm Venue: Fruit Bowls Community Garden, Dundee Open to the public: yes The event will include an art activity and Loose Parts [...]

30thJune 2022

Summer-long programme of free outdoor play sessions

30.06.22|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , |

Early Years Scotland and Care and Learning Alliance have teamed up to create an exciting programme of upcoming community play sessions across Scotland for parents, babies and toddlers this summer. These events will support the wellbeing of very young children (under 5s) and their families with a particular focus on [...]

7thJune 2022

Mapping the Green Team’s Impact in and around Edinburgh

07.06.22|Categories: Miscellaneous, Places|Tags: , , , , |

The Green Team are passionate about supporting young people to find their place in nature. 2021 was a challenging year but their first impact report reveals it was their busiest year yet, with nearly 1,000 young people taking part in the group’s programmes. Check out the Green Team 2021 impact [...]

1stJune 2022

Nature helps children recover from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

01.06.22|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

‘Time in nature can be a powerful antidote to the negative impacts of trauma and stress in children’s lives.’ The Children & Nature Network share evidence-based resources in this toolkit.  Some great infographics show nature as a pathway for healing, the social and emotional benefits, plus research study references. This [...]

13thApril 2022

Outdoor Play for Wellbeing Fund launches

13.04.22|Categories: Funding|Tags: , , , |

The Outdoor Play for Wellbeing Fund will provide funding of up to £15,000 to support Scottish charities providing outdoor community play opportunities for children and families experiencing disadvantage, as defined by SIMD. Funded by Scottish Government, Inspiring Scotland’s Thrive Outdoors team will manage the fund, supporting charities delivering outdoor play to change, learn from and [...]

9thFebruary 2022

How to increase your kids’ outdoor time

09.02.22|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , |

This article (26 January 2022) shared by the Children and Nature Network  describes how it can be hard to make time for regular outdoor play even though the benefits of outdoor play for children are well understood by most adults. The author offers tips for shifting that mindset. She argues [...]

13thOctober 2021

Creating positive outdoor experiences on parental attitudes outdoors

13.10.21|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , |

This EIS Action Research Grant project focused on exploring parental ideas on accessing local outdoor space, in a class of Primary 3 pupils.  Barriers that parents/ carers identify when it comes to accessing the local outdoors were explored. The report explores whether the pupils’ positive outdoor experiences have the potential [...]