Out to Play - caring for our outdoor spaces

Guidance to make the most of the outdoor spaces your early learning and childcare settings use and caring for the environment through embedding Learning for Sustainability. This guidance supports practitioners to provide high quality outdoor play experiences.


With gratitude and warm thanks to the following people and organisations for their time and advice which helped shape this guidance:

  • Jayne Weaver and Simon Bateson, Cowgate Under 5’s Nursery
  • Rob Bushby
  • Marian Cairns
  • Mairi Ferris, Inspiring Scotland
  • Dr Elizabeth Henderson
  • Kate Hookham, Do-Learn
  • Learning through Landscapes Scotland
  • Bonnie Maggio, Scottish Forestry
  • Dr Greg Mannion, University of Stirling
  • NatureScot
  • Scottish Out of School Care Network
  • Play Scotland
  • Tracy Malcolmson and Samantha Flaws, Shetland Islands Council
  • Zoe Sills, Earthtime Forest School Nurseries
  • Cameron Sprague and Sasha Cameron, Stramash Outdoor Nurseries
  • Dr Claire Warden, Mindstretchers Academy
  • Sally York
  • Anne Paterson

Additionally, many thanks to the individuals and organisations took time to respond to the consultation about this work.


Photographs are by Mucky Boots, Shetland Islands Council nursery settings, Barassie Primary School and The Scottish Childminding Association

Special thanks

To Juliet Robertson for developing this guidance and Aberdeen City Council for supporting her to do that.


Email: outdoorELC@gov.scot

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