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
In our Falkirk nurseries, when practitioners are caring for young children who use nappies, they must have appropriate facilities. These facilities must provide children with a safe, clean environment and appropriate equipment, while promoting privacy and dignity.
Appropriate nappy changing and personal care facilities are essential for the health and wellbeing of children and of staff. This guidance explains the standards when providing nappy changing or personal care facilities for young children. It is important that everyone who plans, provides or uses early learning and childcare settings is aware of the expected nappy changing facilities they must have.
Nappy Changing Guidance
The new Health and Social Care Standards have now been published and will be rolled out from April 2018.
National Care Standards were developed with people who use care services and they say what a good quality care service should be like.
Every child across Falkirk Council is entitled to high quality care and support tailored towards their particular needs and choices. These Standards are hugely important to ensure that everyone in Scotland receives the care and support that is right for them. In Falkirk, staff in nurseries should use the standards to check the quality of the service they provide for children and families.
Our nurseries should reflect:
- Be treated with dignity and respect at all times; and
- Enjoy a full range of social relationships.
- Have your privacy and property respected; and
- Be free from unnecessary intrusion.
- Make informed choices, while recognising the rights of other people to do the same; and
- Know about the range of choices.
- Feel safe and secure in all aspects of life, including health and well-being;
- Enjoy safety but not be over-protected; and
- Be free from exploitation and abuse.
- Achieve all you can;
- Make full use of the resources that are available to you;
- Make the most of your life.
Equality and diversity
Live an independent life, rich in purpose, meaning and personal fulfilment
- Be valued for your ethnic background, language, culture and faith;
- Be treated equally and be cared for in an environment which is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination; and
- Be able to complain effectively without fear of victimisation
Please refer to the following website to ensure that the CookSafe procedures in your establishment are up to date.