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
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
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
The Scottish Government launch A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland: Quality Action Plan
Quality Action Plan 1140
In Falkirk, we recognise that spending time outdoors and particularly in natural environments is good for all of us and especially for children. The Care Inspectorate have produced My World Outdoors with the aim of making a positive contribution to the further development of outdoor play as part of all early learning and childcare in Scotland. Falkirk Council expect all it’s early years and childcare centres and practitioners to be providing high quality experiences in the outdoors and to be using this resource to understand Care Inspectorate expectations regarding risk-benefit assessment processes. This resource should also be used to look outwards at the examples of good practice provided in this resource and to use these as a basis of reflection on the quality of outdoor play experiences practitioners provide in their own setting.
My World Outdoors
All Falkirk Council early years practitioners should have a working knowledge of the Building the Ambition national practice guidance document; which was published by Scottish Government in August 2014 to set the context for high quality ELCC. Setting management teams should ensure that they and their staff use the “putting the guidance into practice” questions and the guidance about what babies, toddlers and young children need in ELCC settings, for training, professional dialogue and reflection, monitoring and self-evaluation purposes, thus ensuring their practice creates “caring and nurturing settings that allow wellbeing, communication, curiosity, inquiry and creativity to flourish.”
A copy of Building the Ambition can be found here or through the links section.
BtA National Improvement Hub
Care Inspectorate have created an on-line support tool called The Hub.
The Hub provides ‘one-stop-shop’ access to a range of resources aimed at supporting improvement in the social care and social work sectors through the use and sharing of intelligence and research-led practice.
Accessible to all, the Hub provides a central point of access to a wide range of features, including:
- A library of good practice guidance
- Information on the latest developments in policy and legislation
- Video based examples of innovative practice
- Guidance to help users carry out their own research
- Toolkits and resources aimed at supporting improvement
The Hub also supports a number of the Care Inspectorate’s purposes, including:
- Acting as a catalyst for change and innovation
- Supporting improvement and signposting good practice
Click here for the link to The Hub