‘Get children playing outdoors’ to improve academic success and reduce obesity

Campaigns to promote physical activity and reduce obesity among children should focus more on active outdoor play, according to a study led at the University of Strathclyde.

The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2016 has found that children’s physical activity levels are continuing to fall well short of recommended levels.  Full report here

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The Good School Playground Guide

This guide has been written to help make that ambition a reality. It explores the links between school grounds and children’s health, wellbeing and learning and offers practical advice on how to develop the best school playgrounds.

It’s written for everyone who has an interest in how schools can provide the best school playground, that supports learning and a health-promoting environment for children and young people; whether you’re an architect designing a new school, a teacher tasked with improving your existing outdoor space or a parent looking for ways to provide practical help to your child’s school.  Link

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Walk to School Week, Living Streets, 16 – 20 May 2016

Take part in Strider’s Walk in the Wild – a five-day challenge that gets pupils enjoying the benefits of regular walking. The classroom pack contains a series of fun challenges, focusing on a different animal from around the world each day. The content encourages learning through exploring the animals’ walking habits and natural environments.

Full details can be found here

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My World Outdoors

There is significant and growing interest in how children and young people
access the outdoors to play, learn, develop and have fun.

The Care Inspectorate have produced this comprehensive guide for people who provide services, people who commission them, and parents of children who attend them.  Inspections help to identify effective ways of using outdoor play in every part of Scotland and in every type of care service.  Where inspectors have identified
particularly effective or innovative practice in outdoor play and learning, they asked some care
services to describe what they were doing and why they were doing it. Their experiences, in their own words, are presented here. The CI believe this is an effective way of sharing good practice and can help to improve the overall quality of early learning and childcare across Scotland.

My World Outdoors, Care Inspectorate

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Guide for Children & Young People

The UNCRC Booklet is aimed at children and young people under the age of eighteen and provides details of the rights they are entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The booklet gives details of each Article of the UNCRC and also provides key contact details for relevant organisations.

Full details here 

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