West Lothian College’s Childhood Practice team held their annual conference in January with over 100 students taking part. This is the fourth year the conference has run although this year it was delivered online.

The aim of the conference was to enhance the learning experience by enabling students to hear first-hand about the excellent work being done on outdoor learning nationally and locally. The college has been recognised nationally for outstanding work on outdoor learning in its Forest Classroom.

Childhood Practice lecturer Ann Cockburn said: “It was fantastic to see our students getting so much out of the workshops delivered by our outdoor learning partners. Our students told us how useful these workshops will be in developing their practice in outdoor learning of children.”

Organisations taking part in the conference included Inspiring Scotland, Play Scotland, Upstart Scotland, Simply Play, The Conservations Volunteers, Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden, and Jupiter Artland. Practitioners from West Lothian Council Early Years also took part presenting workshops explaining how they implement outdoor learning in the early years and their role in the process.

Student Revathi Krishna said: "What an informative event yesterday. I was amazed to know about all the outdoor activities/plays that help children for their health and wellness. Thanks to West Lothian College for giving us this great opportunity to learn. Thanks to all the speakers, guests, lecturers and other staffs who were involved in this successful event."