The latest stories from Inspiring Scotland and our partner charities.
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,Â launched on 31 October by Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare & Early Years.Â
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 Governmentâ€™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 childrenâ€™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.”
Following a successful tender, Inspiring Scotland has been engaged as Scottish Governmentâ€™s delivery partner for the Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD 2021) programme. As fund managers, Inspiring Scotland will support 30 projects across Scotland to deliver independent support to people and carers accessing social care. SiRD 2021-funded projects are locally based throughout Scotland.Read More
Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Thrive Outdoors team has begun work with eight local authorities to encourage and support greater use of outdoor play and learning in the early years. Inspiring Scotland was awarded funding from Scottish Government earlier in 2018 to increase the delivery of outdoor play and learning opportunities as part of the expansion of theRead More
Link Up, Inspiring Scotland’s pioneering community project led by local people, has been awarded funding from Big Lottery Fund Scotlandâ€™s Supporting Great Ideas Fund to help combat long-term poverty and disadvantage. The ÂŁ296,452 award will support Link Up in the Whitfield area of Dundee and Saltcoats in North Ayrshire to support more local people toRead More