Getting started with loose parts play

“Environments full of loose parts lend themselves to a blurring of distinctions between learning and playing, allowing children to experiment, enjoy and find things out for themselves” You know what they say, one person’s rubbish can be another’s source of joy. We have probably all experienced the situation where children play more with the box…

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More funding for children across Scotland to access Outdoor Community Play

Minister for Children, young people and keeping the Promise, Natalie Don visited Kirlandneuk Community Centre this week to celebrate the extension of the Outdoor Community Play, which will enable 14,000 children and families across Scotland to access outdoor community play on their doorstep.   Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Inspiring Scotland, the extension…

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IPA 2023 in pictures

After five years in the making, the Inspiring Scotland Thrive Outdoors fund team gathered in Glasgow last month for the International Play Association (IPA) Triennial World Conference 2023.   Hosted at Glasgow Caledonian University, the conference brought together 550 delegates from more than 40 countries including New Zealand, Hong Kong and the rest of the UK. …

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Introducing the graduates of the first Thrive Outdoors Leadership Programme

The first ever Thrive Outdoors Leadership programme finished last week with all 21 graduates coming together to celebrate. Funded by a number of investors including Scottish Government and developed by Inspiring Scotland, the bespoke six-month programme supported emerging leaders for the outdoor community play and outdoor ELC sectors, meeting for sessions every three weeks. As…

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What did you do before the streetlights came on?

The Scottish Government released their child poverty update in April 2023, which found that 18% of children in Scotland are living in poverty. Additionally, 27% of children are living in households with low or very low food insecurity, children who experience poverty are more likely to suffer from poor mental health and physical health, have…

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Q&A with Wild Child – Childminding

This week’s guest blog is from Wild Child – Childminding Adventures. In this blog we sat down with the team to find out more on how they are bringing outdoor play into their setting! If you work within a child minding setting, this blog is for you! Can you introduce yourselves and briefly tell us…

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Caring for Outdoor Spaces, new guidance from Scottish Government’s Out to Play series

New guidance on Caring for Outdoor Spaces from the Scottish Government’s Out to Play series has launched.  Thrive Outdoors have continued to support the development of the Out to Play series with our very own fund manager Mairi Ferris contributing to the drafting of this chapter. This publication builds on the original Out to Play…

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