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The Importance of Outdoor Play

Ashleigh Hagan
Wed 02 Sep 2020
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As pupils return to schools across Northern Ireland, we wanted to share PlayBoard’s, new materials for primary schools and parents, highlighting the importance of playing and learning outdoors as the vital ingredients needed for a healthy and happy childhood.

“Playing and learning outdoors has never been more important. As formal education begins again for our children and young people, PlayBoard are advising schools that as a consideration of Education Restart, children spend more time outdoors. Evidence suggests that the transmission of Covid-19 is lower outside, and we know that time spent playing outdoors is of vital importance to children, boosting their physical and mental health, building their resilience, developing their self-confidence, and allowing them to let off steam.

“The outdoor environment can offer a wealth of learning experiences, supporting the curriculum in many ways such as learning through discovery and investigation, developing creativity and language skills, as well as measuring, planning and negotiating skills. 

To download PlayBoard’s advice go to

https://www.playboard.org/taking-outdoor-play-seriously-new-materials-for-schools/