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By Fiona Reid
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Winter fund promotes outdoor fun

NURSERIES in the region are being urged to apply to a £1million winter outdoor learning fund.

The Scottish Government has money available for nurseries and early learning childcare (ELC) settings to help children take part in outdoor learning and development, whatever the weather.

The money can be used to buy warm winter clothing, so they can enjoy outdoor play come rain, hail, snow or hoolie.

It comes as nurseries and other settings are encouraged to take learning more outdoors to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

The package is available to all funded ELC centres, ensuring that three- and four-year-old and eligible two-year-olds have access to suitable outdoor clothing.

South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine is encouraging eligible providers to apply, and she said: “Outdoor play is an incredibly important aspect of any child’s learning and development, so it is extremely important that we can maintain that during the current pandemic.

“No child should go without winter clothing when it gets colder and that is why the Scottish Government is plugging the gap for parents and ELC settings that are unable to provide clothing.

“I would urge all nurseries and ELC centres in Dumfries and Galloway to apply for their share of the £1m funding when it opens in January 2021 to ensure no child goes without an extremely important stage of their learning.”

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