New Unstructured Outdoor Area at Bridgend Nursery, Alness

Within the last year, Bridgend Nursery decided to create a new outdoor area to provide children with opportunities for unstructured, imaginative and open-ended play. By fencing off a corner of the school playground and providing resources such as tractor and car tyres, planks, logs, sticks, guttering and stones, a free play space has been created…

Community Asset Mapping (CAM) project

The report from Care and Learning Alliance’s recent Community Asset Mapping project, carried out 2014/15, has recently been published. The purpose of CAM was to gather children’s views about their local communities and share this with interested parties in Highland. Over 150 primary age children in six areas in Highland were consulted. The aim of…

Inclusive Play Review – Consultation Event

Following the online Review of Inclusive Play in Scotland, carried out as part of the National Play Strategy Action Plan (2013), consultations have been taking place across the country – the meetings have been organised to receive further recommendations for the Scottish government’s final report, which will be published later in the autumn. The Highland…

Highland Council Community Play Award 2014

Ormlie Community Association has won an award for the development of play opportunities for the under 7s and young families in the local area. They achieved this by providing a ‘no frills’ good quality play activity programme using local resources and skills; the range of activities included messy play and wet and wild days. The…

Big Lottery Funding for Ardersier PLAY project

Big Lottery Scotland has announced that Please Love Ardersier’s Youth project has been awarded £221,144 to refurbish a play park in the village of Ardersier adjacent to the primary school. The new play area will provide improved facilities in the village to encourage healthier, outdoor play and reduce reliance on car journeys to better facilities…

Grand Opening of Esk Road 21st Century Play Park

Cauldeen & Hilton Primary school Pupil Councils are inviting the public to join them on 7th March at 10am at Esk Road in Inverness to mark the grand opening of their fantastic new Big Lottery funded 21st Century Play Park. The Play Park is open to all of the community 24/7, 365 days a year.…

Evanton Community Woods Education Update

Simon Harry, Education Co-ordinator at Evanton Community Woods has produced an education update for the new year. Their new education pack for 2014 includes lots of fun outdoor activity, including bushcraft, forest school and creative writing – you can download the education update here. The children from Evanton Nursery visit the woods regularly and have…