Quality Learning Environments Outdoors

In order to create a quality learning environment outdoors we have identified various documents and links that will help support you as you evaluate and develop this area of practice.


The National Improvement Hub has examples to help settings evaluate and plan for further improvements in the development of quality learning outdoors in Early Learning and Childcare. 

For example:

Get the bairns oot! An outdoor kindergarten in Norway

 Through a series of 10 short video clips, Norwegian Kindergarten owner/manager Turid Boholm of Bukkenspranget Natur Barnehage shares different aspects of her setting’s outdoor learning approach. Turid discusses the rationale behind the approach and the impact this has on her children and their families.

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A key document produced by Inspiring Scotland, Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Government containing step-by-step guidance and practical advice for ELC settings and practitioners on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor
experiences. Clink on the link below to download the document. Out to Play

This second edition of Loose Parts Play a Toolkit has:

•” a greater focus on skills that help adults to facilitate loose parts play sensitively and respectfully
• more starting points to link loose parts play with education, curriculum, wellbeing, social and care contexts
• a wider range of ‘snapshots’ and case studies illustrating real-life application of loose parts play theory in the field
• more pages to print, photocopy and share.”

My World Outdoors is another document that aims to make a positive contribution to the further development of outdoor play as part of early learning and childcare in Scotland.

This document has some great visuals and ideas, so click mud kitchen to help you get started on creating an interesting outdoor mud kitchen space.

The Play Scotland leaflet for families can help parents value Loose Parts Play and support this kind of play at home.

A useful website, written by Juliet Robertson, for interesting ideas on how to support learning outdoors is Creative Star Learning and this link will take you straight to the Early Years page so why not check out the website.