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National Position Statement: Outdoor Play and Learning

Scotland’s Outdoor Play and Learning Coalition

The Statement

“We will work together to embed playing and learning outdoors as an everyday activity and we will celebrate it as a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland.”

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Scotland's Outdoor Play and Learning Coalition

In 2018, we brought together a broad group of academics and organisations from education, childcare, healthcare, environment and government to create Scotland’s Outdoor Play and Learning Coalition.

The Coalition created a bold position statement which committed signatories to working together to embed playing and learning outdoors as an everyday activity and a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland.

The Signatories

Why outdoor play and learning are so important

We have a shared responsibility to ensure that every child in Scotland can access and enjoy our greenspaces and natural landscapes because the benefits are so significant.

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How we can fulfil the commitment

Widening access, promoting better understanding of the benefits, and empowering children and young people to use outdoor spaces are all part of how we can make it happen.

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Supporting information and context

The research, policy and legislative framework behind the National Position Statement, as well as how it supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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