McIlveen launches £2 million Outdoor Learning Project

Date published: 10 February 2022

Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen, has today announced the launch of an Outdoor Learning Project for pre-schools, nursery and primary schools.

McIlveen launches £2 million Outdoor Learning Project
McIlveen launches £2 million Outdoor Learning Project

The project will provide additional funding to pre-schools, nursery schools and primary schools to purchase outdoor play equipment that will support the delivery of high quality outdoor play and learning experiences for their pupils.

Minister McIlveen said:

“I am pleased to announce the launch of the Outdoor Learning Project today.  This significant investment of almost £2 million will assist schools to enhance their outdoor learning spaces and provide good quality play equipment.

“The importance of outdoor play for children’s development cannot be underestimated. It supports children to be physically healthier and also has significant mental health and educational benefits. This project will enable schools to increase outdoor learning opportunities for children across Northern Ireland.”

All pre-schools, nursery schools and primary schools in Northern Ireland will be provided with funding of between £1,000 and £2,500 dependent on their size.

Notes to editors: 

Notes to editors:

  1. Further details about the Outdoor Learning project can be accessed at: Guidance Document
  2. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increased focus on outdoor learning within the curriculum and the benefits of outdoor play. Providing increased opportunities for outdoor learning is a key approach for pre-schools and schools in response to guidance from the Public Health Agency and the Department of Education around maximising the use of outdoor space to promote learning, health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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