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.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Our throwaway culture and how to save our children from it

Christmas is one of the most wasteful times of the year. There is no better way to spend your...

Christmas gift trends: instead of things giving experiences

Streets decorated with Christmas lights, sounds of Christmas music in supermarkets or offices...

Lithuanians maintain the tradition of ‘Kūčiukai’

As Christmas Eve is soon approaching, both packaged ‘kūčiukai’ (Note: very small, slightly sweet...

Health behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: the health and lifestyle of Lithuanian children and adolescents are improving

Every 4 years since 1994, the Health Research Institute of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences...

Classifier of Lithuanian influencers has been created

Growing popularity of Lithuanian opinion leaders in social networks sites (SNSs) among many others has...