Becoming an Indoor
Outdoor Setting

Becoming an Indoor Outdoor Setting explores the underlying pedagogy and practicalities of continuous provision in the early years. The aim is to equip participants with practical tools  to manage the transition from a traditional setting to an indoor-outdoor setting, as defined in Scottish Government guidance.

Learn more about Becoming an Indoor Outdoor Setting below, or visit our main training page to view our full range of courses.

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  • Explore understanding of what makes an indoor outdoor setting
  • Consider the underlying structures, both practical and pedagogical, which support an indoor outdoor approach
  • Increase confidence in the indoor outdoor approach by exploring the adult role
  • Consider what opportunities for play and learning exist in the created indoor outdoor environments


The training was very helpful and beneficial. Some of the ideas are so simple, yet so effective. It has taken away the barriers of finding the time to plan and arrange outdoor learning experiences.


The training was very inspiring and provided lots of ideas and next steps.

Milton Keynes

Fantastic training, highly recommend. Great fun whilst learning.


Really positive impact, especially on the older year groups in my school encouraging staff to get outside and give the children freedom to work together, be creative and develop social skills.


Lots of practical activities we can do with the kids right away and good online resources.


It was very informative and gave me lots of new ideas to try out in the setting.


Our children will greatly benefit from the knowledge gained from the training. Practitioners will be more confident working outdoors.


Thank you so much for the training, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have lots of ideas to take away and adapt into school practice. The trainer was very knowledgeable and had a great approach with staff.



Day 1

  • Defining ‘indoor outdoor’
  • Hopes and concerns
  • A rights-based approach – exploring play types and fascinations
  • Developing shared indoor/outdoor vision and values
  • Exploring rhythms and routines – what’s possible?
  • Continuous provision – what happens where?
  • Spaces – how do we respond to different environments?

Day 2

  • Resources – how do we extend and scaffold loose parts play
  • Responding to schema play – building relationships by tuning in
  • Practicalities – food, toileting, clothing, storage, and shelter
  • Relationships – building links between staff, children, parents, and wider community
  • Action planning


The standard cost for this training, delivered by two trainers over two days for up to 20 participants, is £2,740 + VAT. Bookings can be made by any early years setting.  To enquire about booking, please complete the form below.



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