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
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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.
Regular engagement in high quality makes the difference between good and great professionals.
Our 2019/20 CLPL programme aims to support our educators to deliver the very best outcomes for children.
The programme is aligned to the 4 workstreams of our QIStrategyEYTeam20192020.
Click on the Professional Learning option on the menu tab on the home page to find and sign-up for professional learning sessions or click here https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/falkirkearlyyears/calendar/
Remember: There are many resources and materials to support in-house professional learning including these new resources:
- Children’s involvement in the planning process.
- Using observations to shape planning for children’s learning.
- Effective planning to meet learner’s needs.
- Effective early years planning meetings.
Click on this link to access these materials and more (you require a Glow account and this is only accessible to Falkirk Council staff).
Play is the Way Conference for Falkirk’s Practitioners – Saturday, 2 June
It was fantastic to see so many dedicated practitoners demonstrating their passion for developing play pedagogy across Falkirk.
The conference was planned to support practitioners in taking forward a developmentally appropriate approach with children at the early stages of their learning by offering insight into current thinking exemplifying emerging practice in high quality play -based learning.
Those who attended, heard from a range of inspirational speakers from both within and outwith the aurthority.
Use your Falkirk Glow account to access confernce presentations and infomation using the link below.
The second Early Learning Leadership Forum was held in Camelon Education Centre on February 5th 2018.
A number of guest speakers from within and outwith the authority presented on a range of positive approaches to supporting themes 3 and 4 of QI2.3 from HGIELCC. Thanks again to all those who came to share their good practice.
Falkirk Council staff and employees from our private partners can now access some of the presentations on our early years Glow page http://tinyurl.com/y7yr939f (Please note, you will need your Glow login details to access these materials).
The Early Years Curriculum team are aware that many of Falkirk’s EYC settings have been or currently are focusing on developing their use loose parts as part of their provision. Inspiring Scotland have produced a toolkit which we would encourage practitioners within these settings to use to reflect on their provision of loose parts play. The Loose Parts Play toolkit was produced to support people working with children and young people across all age ranges and settings. It aims:
• To raise awareness of the value of loose parts to children’s play
• To provide practical guidance about loose parts play to those who work with children and young people of all ages
• To advocate the use of loose parts as an approach to developing play opportunities at home, school and in the community.
The Care Inspectorate has launched a new resource showing how the expressive arts can be used effectively in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings.
Our Creative Journey is aimed at promoting good practice in all types of ELC settings. The resource employs the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators to provide high quality, real-life examples of how settings’ creative use of the expressive arts have had positive results. We in Falkirk will use this resource in our own ELC settings to look outwards and then reflect on how well our own expressive arts provision impacts children and young people’s lives.
Our Creative Journey