It’s time to embrace green space and show that learning is great outdoors – Rachel Cowper and Deryck Irving – Scotsman

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Moving education outdoors would be beneficial to childhood health and wellbeing and ease the pressure on indoor setttings, write Rachel Cowper and Deryck Irving

Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s lockdown easing measures included the reopening of childminders and fully outdoor nurseries. This is driven by evidence that transmission risk for Covid-19 is lower out of doors, and findings indicating outdoor settings have a positive impact on decision-making, problem solving and interpersonal skills.

According to national guidance, “an outdoor setting does not need a fully functioning building to deliver high quality, flexible early learning and childcare”.

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