Recently I was able to attend the launch of the The Scottish Government Go Play Outcome and Evaluation Framework and Play Scotland’s national launch of Getting it Right for Play.
There is a lot of emphasis on outdoor play presently and on building the capacity of staff who supervise and design outdoor play experiences. The Go Play Outcomes and Evaluation Framework was developed to articulate why play is so important for children in Scotland.
Play Scotland’s Getting it Right for Play toolkit is especially helpful for local authorities looking to improve the design and provision of spaces and places for play. I have enjoyed working with schools to pilot this material and find the process of evaluating play spaces and places with children as active participants particularly helpful.
There is also a very helpful and substantial summary of research about the benefits of outdoor play which can be found on their main website in the resources section.