A task force set up by the Lithuanian minister of health has prepared a draft to legalize outdoor daycare centers, submitting the draft to other relevant institutions for further discussions.
© Fotolia

Approval of the bill would set standards for outdoor daycare centers and provide parents with more options of pre-school institutions, the Health Ministry said. Just like in the rest of Europe, interest in outdoor education is on the rise in Lithuania, therefore, the country may soon be able to educate children in a way that they spend more time outdoors.

"Up until now, legal regulation was intended for the education institutions that conduct the main educational activities indoors. We will soon stipulate requirements for outdoor centers where children are educated in accordance to entirely new methods than the usual kindergartens," said Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga.

In his words, children's access to nature and outdoor games has a positive impact upon their development, health and achievements.

Operations of outdoor daycare centers has been certified in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the Nordic countries, Germany and Austria. The institutions educate children outdoors, mainly forests, parks or similar environments.

Archeologists find two column bases of Great Synagogue of Vilnius

Archeologists have found the bases of two columns of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius , Vilnius...

Exhibition and concert to commemorate liquidation of Kaunas Ghetto

The Kaunas Ghetto was burned in July 1944. Around 5000 people were transferred to concentration...

Music and beyond: Kaunas Piano Fest

The young yet ambitious event aims to bring young, emerging pianists from all over the world to...

Lithuanian films and talents will be seen in Karlovy Vary Festival

On Friday starts International Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is full of Lithuanian accents: in...

Newest sculpture in Kaunas invites to visit Benedictine monastery and St. Nicholas church

The newest sculptural highlight in the city is dedicated to the Blessed Teofilius Matulionis ,...