Getting back to the FUNdamental’s of Play

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FUNdamental Play Training is an activity based day to support those who work in Early Years, in getting children outdoors.

Join OutLET: Play Resource for a day in the woods for the first of their ‘FUNdamental Training Days’, where they will be taking play ‘back to basics’ by exploring outdoor activities that only require very basic resources.
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Continuing from the success of their ‘Fire and Tool Skills Training’, OutLET: Play Resource have been working hard to help break down the barriers that early year’s establishments and community groups can face in getting children outdoors.

Outdoor Play is now really getting to the forefront of people’s minds, with the Scottish Government stating that ‘Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s well-being; socially, economically and environmentally. Our people are our greatest resource and the early years of life set the pattern for children’s future development.’

The first ‘FUNdamental Play Training is taking place in:

Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld, Friday 10th March 2017 – 10am – 3.30pm

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Jackie Meager, Founder of OutLET: Play Resource and Forest School Leader said, “We know that the best form of play is free-flow, child led, unadulterated play, but we also know that sometimes children need you to SPARK their imagination”

She added, ‘Over the last 15 years, outdoor play declined rapidly, so we now have a generation of adults who have never really played outdoors. I can understand why these adults can be nervous about children out to play when they have never done it themselves. This is why we developed our new training day. It’s a fun day in the woods to try out ideas and activities with the most basic of resources, so people return to their establishments inspired.

‘OutLET Play Resource’ is a newly established Social Enterprise, based in South Lanarkshire. Since starting in May 2016, they have been providing Forest School in local primary schools, set up and after school club, facilitated the ‘Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnerships’ family outdoor play project ‘Growing Up Wild’ in partnership with South Lanarkshire’s Ranger Service and was invited to speak at Lanarkshire’s first Outdoor Play Conference.

The importance of play in children’s daily lives and healthy development has become increasingly recognised in recent years. A growing body of evidence supports the view that playing, throughout childhood, is not only an innate behaviour but also contributes to children’s quality of life, their well-being and their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. (Play Scotland)

Sticks and String is the first in a line of ‘FUNdamental Play Training’ days that will be available in 2017


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