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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.

Donate to Thrive Outdoors and help us get all of Scotland’s children outdoors.

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 empowering and equipping 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!


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.

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 Society of Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre, as well as education groups, academics and NHS Health Scotland have signed up to a national Position Statement to make playing and learning outdoors an everyday activity for Scotland’s children and young people.

To sign up, email Jo Fitzpatrick from the Thrive Outdoors team at

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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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Play Rangers

Play Rangers provide opportunities to access free play within a community - on street corners, in local parks or woodland. They encourage children to attend the free open access sessions and support parents and carers who may not be able to or comfortable with their children to playing out in the local area.

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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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Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous supporter, we have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investment 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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Since 2000, PEEK (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid) has been providing high quality, diverse and innovative free play, arts and leisure activities for children and young people living in the East and North of Glasgow. Inspiring Scotland supports PEEK to deliver Play Rangers in communities across the East and North of Glasgow, encouraging children

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The Jeely Piece Club
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The Jeely Piece Club

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 our play programme; delivering Active Play to primary schools in Glasgow and

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Smart Play Network
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Smart Play Network

Our mission is to: • Ensure that play services and projects are supported and valued for their role in children’s development and wellbeing. • Support, deliver and promote the value and benefits of play projects and services, toy libraries and other ventures to offer high quality, sustainable provision for children in Scotland. • Work alongside others

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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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