Many experts and influential bodies recognise the benefits of free and outdoor play, but rarely is that formalised in this way. It’s displays of support such as this, and by a diverse range of organisations, which ensure that inclusive learning initiatives remain at the forefront.
Playing and learning outdoors is to become “a fundamental part of growing up in Scotland”, after 50 influential organisations and people signed up to that commitment today.
A national “position statement” states that they will combine their efforts “to make playing and learning outdoors an everyday activity for Scotland’s children and young people”.
Among those behind the move are the Scottish government, anti-poverty organisation Inspiring Scotland, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Glasgow Science Centre, NHS Health Scotland and various education bodies.
The statement asserts the health, wellbeing and educational benefits of outdoor play and learning and commits signatories to helping to widen access to “natural and communal spaces” and to make towns and cities more attractive to play in.