The latest stories from Inspiring Scotland and our partner charities.
Scottish play charities will share a ÂŁ550,000 funding boost to help get children and families out to play in their local communities. Creative outdoor play sessions, active play, and nature spaces for local communities are just some of the brilliant initiatives being supported by the Scottish Government Outdoor Community Play Fund aimed at improving theRead More
The new Outdoor Community Play Fund was announced by Children’s Minister, Clare Haughey on Tuesday 12th April 2022.Â This funding will support charitiesÂ providing outdoor community play opportunities for children and families experiencing disadvantage, as defined by SIMD. Up to ÂŁ15,000 can be applied for by registered Scottish charities meeting the criteria. Funded by Scottish Government,Read More
25 Charities across Scotland will share ÂŁ500,000 of funding to develop and deliver more free outdoor play opportunities in local communities, aimed at improving childrenâ€™s health and wellbeing. Creative outdoor play sessions, an outdoor playgroup for children and their dads, nature play spaces for local communities and gardening sessions are just some of theRead More
Inspiring Scotland works with some of the most innovative charities in Scotland today. This Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on the power of nature â€“ so weâ€™re sharing our key learnings from the projects we work with on how to use nature to improve mental health and wellbeing of new parents, children, young people,Read More
New ÂŁ1 million childrenâ€™s winter clothing fund. New funding of ÂŁ1 million will mean more children can reap the benefits of outdoor play and learning, whatever the weather. Nurseries and other Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings can apply to the fund for help to buy winter clothing for young children who need it.Read More
Momentum continues to build in embedding play and learning outdoors as a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland. COSLA, the national association of Scottish councils is the latest major new signatory to sign the national statement which is a commitment to making play and learning outdoors an everyday activity for all children in Scotland.Read More
The national position statement on outdoor play and learning hits its 2 year anniversary this month â€“ and the number of signatories signing up to this collective ambition has more than doubled. Two of the latest signatories, Scottish wildlife Trust and Clackmannanshire Council join over 100 organisations who recognise playing and learning outdoors as anRead More
Please note, this funding round (2020) is now closed, but you can find more information about the current fund here. Inspiring Scotland is seeking applications for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund, funded by the Scottish Government and set up to support childrenâ€™s health and wellbeing through outdoor play.Â The Scottish Government is providing ÂŁ380,000Read More
Thousands of children will be out playing in their communities across Scotland this summer after local charities received funding to run Play Rangers in their neighbourhood. 15 charities have received money to increase outdoor play opportunities through Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Thrive Outdoors community play programme, which is funded by Scottish Government. Thrive Outdoors supports Scotlandâ€™s childrenRead More
Scottish wildlife filmmaker and television presenter Gordon Buchanan â€“ best known for his close encounter with a curious polar bear on BBCâ€™s The Polar Bear Family and Me – has added his name to a growing list of people and organisations committed to getting kids out to play. The raft of pledges will be announcedRead More
50 people and organisations sign up to national pledge on outdoor play and learning Playing and learning outdoors will be a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland, following a national commitment from 50 people and organisations across the country. Alongside the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland, bodies as diverse as the Royal Zoological SocietyRead 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
Inspiring Scotland has partnered with Care Inspectorate to produce a How-to guide for establishing outdoor nurseries in Scotland. Karen Quinn and Donna Conroy from Care Inspectorate will work alongside Inspiring Scotlandâ€™s Thrive Outdoors team for the rest of the year and will support development of the guide, focusing on how to ensure safe, high-qualityRead More
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 inÂ encouraging and supporting greater use of outdoor learning in the early years.Â Ms Todd made the announcement during a visit to City of EdinburghRead More
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 seeRead More
Leaders of Scottish bodies from health, education and natural heritage have backed the #AwayandPlay campaign highlighting the benefits of outdoor free play for young people and children. Senior figures including the Deputy Chief Medical officer and representatives from bodies such as Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Natural HeritageRead More
Iconic Beano comic character, Dennis the Menace, joined Mark McDonald MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years, to launch a new campaign highlighting the benefits to children of free and creative play. The year-long campaign, â€śAway and Playâ€ť, is powered by Inspiring Scotland.Â It will highlight the benefits of free and unstructured playRead More
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