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Thrive Outdoors

All Scotland’s children will thrive

Playing and learning outdoors is fundamental for all our children to achieve their full potential, boosting health, wellbeing and development, and is a universal right. We are working to embed outdoor play and learning into the fabric of Scottish life so that all of Scotland’s children can thrive.

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Play is a life-enhancing experience

We know that playing outdoors is vital for children’s health and wellbeing; it boosts physical activity and promotes happiness and wellbeing.

We want every child in Scotland to have the best possible start in life. We want them to be healthy, happy and resilient; to form friendships, to learn vital skills and to have fun. That’s why we are leading on the delivery and development of outdoor play opportunities in communities, nurseries and schools across Scotland.

We are working with communities, charities, schools, outdoor organisations and public bodies to support collaboration, innovation and development in outdoor play and learning, sharing best practice and supporting research to promote better understanding of the importance of outdoor play.

We are committed to use our experience to empower and equip families, childcare professionals and educators with the confidence, enthusiasm and skills to encourage and support our children and young people to play and learn outdoors.

Outdoor play is a life-enhancing experience and we want all of Scotland’s children to thrive outdoors.

We have a wealth of resources available for you to download and use, so that you can join in with our mission to get all of Scotland’s children outdoors!

Get in touch if you would like to discuss how we can help you.


accessed free play since 2010


children participating in free play


play organisations supported


invested in 2018-19

Play resources

Make time for outdoor play

Visit Thrive’s play resources microsite, featuring an inspiring and informative range of hints and tips for parents, carers and ELC practitioners. Click on the link below for everything from suggestions for fun activities to guides on safe handwashing and building an outdoor shelter.

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National Position Statement

Playing and learning outdoors is life-enhancing.

Help us make playing and learning outdoors an everyday activity for all children in Scotland by signing up to the national position statement.

The national position statement on outdoor play and learning has gained more than 100 signatories since its launch.  These include national organisations and charities, local authorities, government and public bodies, and NGOs.

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Active Play

Our Active Play programme boosts physical activity in children and helps them develop fundamental movement skills such as coordination and balance, all through playing physically active games.

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Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund

The Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund supports childhood health and wellbeing through outdoor play.

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Outdoor Early Learning

Outdoor Nurseries, a partnership between Inspiring Scotland and Glasgow City Council are improving children's health, well-being and development through outdoor play-based learning.

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Scottish Government Outdoor Clothing Fund

The Scottish Government's ÂŁ1million Outdoor Clothing Fund funded early learning and childcare to purchase outdoor winter clothing for the children in their settings who need it most.

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Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous supporter, we have provided seed-corn investment and support to develop innovative approaches for the creation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings.

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Loose Parts Play!

Play helps children unlock their creativity and let’s their imaginations soar. Find out how to create imaginative, creative and fun play with crates, pebbles and bits of string with our Loose Parts Play toolkit.

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Portfolio of charities

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Part of Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund, GCC Active Play Fund, and Creative Communities. Possibilities for Each and Every Kid was established in 2000 and has been operating for 20 years as a charity supporting children and young people aged 0-25 years and their families impacted by poverty across Glasgow. Through play, creative arts and

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The Jeely Piece Club
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The Jeely Piece Club

Part of Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund and GCC Active Play Fund. The Jeely Piece Club, based in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow, delivers a range of services for children from pre-school upwards and is based in a purpose built play centre. Inpiring Scotland works with The Jeely Piece Club in all three strands of

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Smart Play Network
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Smart Play Network

Part of Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund. Smart Play Network (SPN) are the national organisation supporting and delivering play opportunities for the benefit, health and wellbeing of children and families across Scotland. They provide a range of support and practical tools to 394 members, from starting up a new service, through policy development and delivery

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We work with experts from the voluntary, public, private and academic sectors. Get in touch if you want to help us build a better Scotland.

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