Introduction to Outdoor Play
This training course provides an introduction to creating self-directed play opportunities outdoors. It is ideal for both those new to children's play and those looking to encourage more outdoor play at their setting. Even those more established in play may find they pick up some fresh ideas.
It examines some of the challenges of working with children outdoors as well as introducing practical ideas for outdoor play. The session is aimed at those working with children aged 5-12 (although many of the ideas can be adapted for younger children). The training is held outdoors.
The length is 2-3 hours depending on your needs. This course may be part of our annual training programme on a fixed date, but can be bought-in at other times. Please check our website for up-to-date information.
Our last delegates to attend rated this course (on average) 8.6 out of 10 (where 10 is excellent).
"[The trainer] was friendly, approachable and brought some interesting ideas to share." (delegate)
Training Provider Overview
Play Midlothian works to support children to flourish though play. We focus on play because we know how much this benefits children’s health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances.
Our aims are to:
- Provide enriching opportunities for children to play in support of their health, wellbeing and development
- Build family, community and professional capacity to support play
- Advocate for play and inform and influence decision-making
We specialise in play, with expertise that supports other organisations though a CPD programme and delivers best practice services for children. Play Midlothian is an experienced and trusted charity.
We have nine standard training courses to choose from. We run a selection of these courses each year, in Midlothian. Anyone, from any area, is welcome to book and a discount is provided for Play Midlothian members.
Additionally, organisations can buy-in any of our courses as in-house training, including from other local authority areas. These sessions can be tailored to your specific needs and interests.
Training Provider Contact Details
Play Midlothian’s experience of facilitating play opportunities throughout a wide range of service models is a strength of the organisation on which the training draws.
We ensure our courses are delivered by trainers with extensive knowledge of play and experience and skill in both playwork and training delivery. Our lead trainer is qualified to Masters level and is working on a PhD on outdoor play.
We regularly review and update the course content.
The training courses are carefully evaluated. We ask the delegates to assess their knowledge of the topic, and their skills and confidence to implement that knowledge, prior to the training. We ask delegates to score these again after the training. We also ask delegates to score the trainer’s delivery and the course overall, and to share their views on the most and least useful aspects of the course.
All results are compiled and reviewed for learning. All of our evaluation results demonstrate an increase in delegates’ knowledge, skills and confidence as a result of our training.
Complaints should be made in writing (which could be by email or post) to the Managing Director. Play Midlothian’s full Complaints and Compliments Policy is available on our website.