toggle menu

News

The latest stories from Inspiring Scotland and our partner charities.

Back to News

Inspiring Scotland supports Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Quality Action Plan

Inspiring Scotland supports Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Quality Action Plan

Inspiring Scotland supports Scottish Government in its commitment to improving the quality of Early Learning and Childcare through the publication of it’s Quality Action Plan.

Through the work of the go2play fund, Inspiring Scotland has championed and encouraged play-based outdoor learning in Scotland’s communities, schools and natural spaces since 2010.

We are pleased to see outdoor learning promoted in A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland Quality Action Plan, launched on 31 October by Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare & Early Years. 

Rachel Cowper, Inspiring Scotland’s Play Programme Manager and a member of the reference group which contributed to the Action Plan, said: “We firmly believe in the power and potential of outdoor free play to improve learning for all our children, helping to close the attainment gap, address inequality and reduce long-term health issues.

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s action plan to ensure quality is at the heart of Early Learning and Childcare provision and we are pleased to see the action to promote greater use of outdoor learning.

“There is a growing body of research that shows that young children’s access to nature and active outdoor play improves physical and mental well-being and can help children to develop emotionally and improve learning and aid resilience.

“We are developing innovative way to use this research to address deepening health and well-being issues, helping to improve engagement with learning and increasing opportunities for all children to experience high quality learning in an outdoor environment.”

Read the Action Plan

Inspiring Scotland’s new role in supporting greater use of outdoor learning in the early years
22.02.2018

Inspiring Scotland’s new role in supporting greater use of outdoor learning in the early years

Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd, has announced the number of hours nursery children spend outdoors is set to increase, and Inspiring Scotland will play a key role in  encouraging and supporting greater use of outdoor learning in the early years.  Ms Todd made the announcement during a visit to City of Edinburgh

Read More
Building Brighter Futures Fund Open
13.02.2018

Building Brighter Futures Fund Open

Building Brighter Future Fund is looking to support disadvantaged young people with the opportunities to gain the skills and confidence to succeed through education, training and employment, throughout Scotland. Building Brighter Futures Fund will distribute up to ÂŁ300,000 in total per annum over three years to selected organisations supporting young people, aged 12 to 21,

Read More
SiRD2021 Fund to increase the delivery of independent support now open.
05.02.2018

SiRD2021 Fund to increase the delivery of independent support now open.

Scottish Government’s Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) Fund aims to continue to embed Self-directed Support as the mainstream approach to social care. Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) opens to applications today Monday 5 February 2018. Aiming to increase the delivery of independent support for people who require social care, SiRD2021 has

Read More