Outdoor Learning

Habitat Training

These courses are designed and delivered by ELC Countryside Rangers in partnership with the ELC Early Years Support Team

For: All working in Early Learning and Childcare

From August 2019 – June 2020 there will be the following habitat CLPL sessions running:

X2 Beach Habitat sessions:  2 sessions

 1. Monday the 9th September 2019 1715 – 1915 at Cockenzie Shore Meeting point: Pond Hall Cockenzie.  This stretch of coast is more rocky and urban in setting, which includes a harbour.


  1. Wednesday the 11th September 2019 1715 – 1915 at Yellowcraig Beach

Yellowcraig is more remote, sandy and expansive.

Both beach habitats have elements in common but offer slightly different experiences and issues to consider when visiting with a group. We suggest practitioners select the session most relevant to their setting’s needs

X1 Inland water session: Venue and date tbc

X1 Parkland session: Venue and date tbc

Course Overview for all 3 Habitat training:

Each training is designed for Early Years Practitioners keen to use the outdoors more but who are just not sure of those first few steps. We will spend time in a habitat specific to the training, looking at practicalities, some potential activities, responsible use of the habitat and specifically – site risk assessment.  The sessions will be as interactive and practical as possible, with opportunity to share and develop activities and ideas within the group.


  • Sessions will be attended and supported by Louise Juhl/Emma Scafe, Early Years Support Teachers
  • Entire course will be outdoors so please come prepared for all weathers and with sturdy footwear
  • Car sharing where possible is appreciated
  • ELC staff will also need to undertake a Visit Leader Training session (5hr – free) from Outdoor Learning – offered as part of their suite of bolt on training sessions. Please see edubuzz.org/outdoorlearning for more details or get in touch to discuss specific requests.
  • 16 spaces available with a maximum of 2 people per setting to allow for as many settings as possible to attend


Play on Pedals Training

These courses are designed and delivered by Cycling Scotland.

Sessions are arranged and coordinated by ELC Early Years Support Team (Louise Juhl – Support Teacher)


For: All working in Early Learning and Childcare

Dates Thursday 7 November 2019

Time:  9am – 4pm

Venue: Outdoor Learning Centre , Balcarres Rd, Musselburgh


Date: Friday 29 November 2019

Time: 9am – 4pm

Venue: Outdoor Learning Centre , Balcarres Rd, Musselburgh


Course Overview:

A full day interactive, practical and fun training course that teaches participants how to deliver a Play on Pedals programme.

Play on Pedals teaches pre-school children about the parts of a bicycle, how to fit a helmet correctly and the basics of looking after their bikes. Through a series of fun and imaginative activities, children will be helped to develop their balance and control skills often using a pedal-less balance bike. Play on Pedals has strong links to the Curriculum for Excellence and the programme increases children’s physical activity and play in early years settings. In addition, the Play on Pedals initiative has shown to improve children’s learning habits, behaviours and health and wellbeing.

COST: Free to all ELC Early Years settings and funded providers


East Lothian has a fleet of bikes and helmets available for short term loan to get your Play on Pedals programme started once you have completed the course. We do however encourage all settings to source funding (we can share ideas) to purchase your own equipment.


  • Sessions will be led by a Cycling Scotland tutor
  • Parts of the course will be outdoors so please come prepared for all weathers
  • If you are able to bring an adult bike this would be helpful – please inform Louise Juhl (ljuhl@eastlothian.gov.uk) if you are able to bring your bike.
  • 8 participants per training day and settings are encouraged to send 2 participants where possible


In order to attend the course, you need to complete a Cycling Scotland registration first and book onto the course directly through Cycling Scotland. This can be accessed through this link: https://www.cyclinghub.scot/register. The tutor has suggested that you may wish to use your personal email when registering and booking to ensure you receive your certificate and any pre- course information.

You also require a unique unlock code to complete the course registration. The code for the upcoming training courses are:


Thursday 7 November 2019: PoPEL711

Friday 29 November 2019: ELCPoP2911


If you intend to book more than one colleague on from your setting each participant needs to be registered and booked individually.

Inspiring Learning through Outdoor Play

 Date:          Wednesday 1st April 2020

Time:         1630 – 1830

Venue:       TBC

Outline Programme

The session will focus on how you can use the different areas of your Nursery Outdoor space to develop and extend children’s play and learning and their connection with the outdoors.

  • The session will be as practical as possible and will be largely outdoors.
  • Links to Experiences and Outcomes will be clearly signposted – including Health and Wellbeing; Technologies; Numeracy and Mathematics; Sciences; Literacy and English


To understand the pedagogy of Outdoor Learning

  • To have a broad understanding of National and Local policy and guidance underpinning Outdoor Learning
  • To understand the benefits of Outdoor Learning
  • To understand and value Risk Benefits and the role of the adult in supporting children to build resilience
  • To be able to link learning outdoors to the East Lothian Frameworks and Curriculum for Excellence

Note: This will be an outdoor session and all colleagues should come dressed appropriate for the weather on that day.

 To book a place please click here.