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Scotland is making strides in improving its population’s social and physical well-being — by taking children’s early learning and care outside. (Shutterstock)

Scotland’s outdoor play initiative has some lessons for the rest of the world

Scotland is undertaking a child-care initiative to double the number of fully funded child-care hours available to parents, and outdoor play is part of it.
For fear of injury and lack of space, playgrounds are becoming unimaginative and uninspiring. Ron McDonald/Flickr

Are our school playgrounds being wrapped in cotton wool?

New research has found that fears of playground accidents such as falls have led to considerable changes in school playgrounds, reflecting a climate of over-policing and surplus rules and regulations.

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