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Nurseries to benefit from £1m outdoor learning fund


By John Davidson

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Maree Todd MSP.
Maree Todd MSP.

Nurseries and other childcare settings are being urged to apply for Scottish Government funding to help children take part in outdoor learning.

The government is committing £1 million of funding to nurseries and other education centres to buy children warm winter clothes, so they can enjoy playing outside.

It comes as nurseries and other settings are encouraged to take learning outdoors to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

The package will be available to all funded ELC centres and will ensure that three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds have access to suitable outdoor clothing.

Highlands & Islands MSP Maree Todd said: “Outdoor play is an incredibly important aspect of any child’s learning and development, so it is extremely important that we can maintain that during the current pandemic.

“No child should go without winter clothing when it gets colder and that is why the Scottish Government is plugging the gap for parents and ELC settings that are unable to provide clothing.

“I would urge all nurseries and ELC centres in the Highlands and Islands to apply for their share of the £1 million funding when it opens in January to ensure no child goes without an extremely important stage of their learning.”



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