Date lodged: 14 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has held with the (a) Scottish Social Services Council, (b) Care Inspectorate and (c) National Day Nurseries Association Scotland regarding the promotion of outdoor learning in early years.
Answered by: Maree Todd 28 January 2019
Scottish Government has engaged with a wide range of organisations across the early learning and childcare sector in relation to promotion of outdoor learning. This has taken place in particular during our national learning events.
SSSC, Care Inspectorate and NDNA were all actively involved in developing our Early learning and Childcare Quality Action Plan which was published in October 2017 and highlighted the importance of outdoor learning, including an action to publish practical guidance on accessing the outdoors as part of the early learning and childcare expansion. The Care Inspectorate jointly published this guidance, Out to Play, alongside Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland in December 2018.
All three organisations have committed to work together to embed playing and learning outdoors as an everyday activity and as a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland by becoming signatories to Scotland’s Outdoor Play & Learning Coalition Position Statement.