National Guidance to support high quality Outdoor Play and Learning
Outdoor Play and Learning is a key priority in our Early Learning Quality Strategy.
There are a number of important national guidance documents to support this area of priority. It is really important that pedagogical leaders and teams are conversant with the main messages in this guidance.
Care Inspectorate has been in touch to say that every setting will receive a hard copy towards the end of July of the Space to Grow Indoor Outdoor Settings guidance. In the meantime you can access the document here via the Care Inspectorate HUB.
It is really important that we are all clear on what it is to be an indoor/outdoor ELC settings. This definition from the guidance is very helpful,
“An indoor/outdoor setting is a premises-based setting where the scale and quality of the outdoor space is appropriate for enhancing the child’s quality of play and learning experiences. High quality natural outdoor space combined with high-quality indoor space and quality opportunities and experiences for children are all taken into account when considering the number of children the setting is registered for. Both the indoor and the outdoor area must be accessible to the children 100% of the operational times. An indoor/outdoor setting will take account of the practices of a solely outdoor or satellite setting.” (emphasis added)
We are absolutely delighted that our very own Nethermains Nursery Class is featured in the document (pages 29 & 30). If you are interested in finding out more, do not hesitate to contact Ashley Cupples, EY Pedagogue.
Page 26 gives practical hints and tips on what practitioners need to consider before embarking on establishing an indoor/outdoor approach.
The resource should act as a tool to be used in conjunction with:
Space to Grow
Out to Play
My World Outdoors
Practice Note: Early Learning and Childcare: Delivering High Quality Play and Learning Environments Outdoors
I know many of you have been keenly awaiting the publication of the Loose Parts Toolkit 2019. Find it here https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/publication/loose-parts-play-toolkit-2019-edition/
I am especially pleased to be recommending the toolkit to you due to the emphasis in the document on the role of the adult, which is one of our big priorities this session. Chapter 3 is a must read.
I’d love to read your comments about the document and would be grateful for any advice /support for others you’d like to share. Read more
All ELC support materials are now situated in one place on the National Improvement Hub.
Education Scotland have responded to feedback from users who said that materials and resources were hard to find.
Being collected in the one space within the Hub saves meaningless searches. It is also great to know the totality of materials that are available to help drive forward improvement for our wee fab Falkirk folk.
Make sure you save this link in your favourites and familiarise yourself with some great materials and resources.
Click here to spring into the ELC section of the National Improvement Hub
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In Falkirk we can use this resource to support reflective practice and to challenge our thinking as to what makes effective learning environments for the promotion of creativity, curiosity and inquiry; and to identify next steps.
How to use this Learning and assessment resource to improve practice?
The resource can be used by individuals and groups of practitioners to support professional learning to develop understanding and support practice in relation to block play.
Links have been made throughout to theories of early learning that support the importance of block play. Links to further reading have been provided to deepen knowledge and understanding.
The resource outlines the different stages of block play and how this relates to children’s development and learning
The SSSC has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers
The free digital resources can support our Falkirk’s EYC staff in continuing to develop good practice within the areas of:
- Observing children
This online practice simulator allows workers to observe children at play while in different workplace settings to help them develop observation and recording skills, which play a key role in early learning and childcare.
- Child development
This app is an essential reference for early years practitioners in Scotland containing important aspects of national guidance and a mix of information and real world activities to support practice.
- Mentoring for early learning and childcare services
This app will help you implement a mentoring programme in your early learning and childcare service. We’ve designed it to help your service reach its potential and to support the continuous professional development of workers.