Article courtesy of the Scotsman – https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/its-time-embrace-green-space-and-show-learning-great-outdoors-rachel-cowper-and-deryck-irving-2900285?fbclid=IwAR1inYDo08vBl9PuWdvrVCp4kedUvtRc1DTBTISUFaHKPVV2CzQzNkvtKCM
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”.