Get out and about with your children at Ryton Pools

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PARENTS are throwing their weight behind a sponsored walk with a difference to raise funds for the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the national charity dedicated to getting children out and about more often.

Families participating in the Learning Waddle at Ryton Pools Country Park will get the opportunity to get closer to nature, have fun with their children and get active - whilst experiencing the benefits of Learning Outside the Classroom for themselves.

The event will take place on Wednesday 21st September from 11am to 3pm and is designed for children aged 2 to 5.

Ryton Pools Country Park, Catalyst Theatre Arts and Warwickshire Heritage Education Service will lead activities including a bug hunt and a story time session about a teddy going on a journey. All of the organisations, who are kindly giving their time and expertise, have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge – which means they provide good quality and safe educational experiences.

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom believe that every child (0-19) should experience the world beyond the classroom walls as an essential part of learning and development.

These inspiring educational experiences enable children to apply what they have learnt inside the classroom to real life situations and give them the opportunity to see, here, touch and explore the world around them.

Learning outside the classroom can happen anywhere from a school’s grounds, local park or nature reserve, theatre or museum. It makes learning more memorable and teaches children to enjoy and appreciate their heritage, culture and the natural world.

Elaine Skates, the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive says: “We hear so often that children today are increasingly wrapped in cotton wool and disengaged with the world around them. Nowadays just 10% of children play in the natural environment compared with 40% of adults when they were young. Other children will never have the opportunity to go to an art gallery or a museum. Today’s event is about parents demonstrating that they want their children to access these inspiring experiences as part of family life and as part of their education at school or nursery.”

Parents wishing to take part in the event should contact elaine.skates@lotc.org.uk or visit www.lotc.org.uk to get a sponsorship form.