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Puddle Play

Menna Godfrey describes the depth of experience that a simple puddle can provide How much learning can a puddle offer?  Is it okay to allow a child to spend so much time apparently ‘just’ standing in a puddle?  What might different individuals get from being able to take as much time as they need to …

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Researching parent’s perceptions of learning outdoors

Through the ‘Driving and Guiding Research’ strand of Early Childhood Outdoors’ work, we aim to find mechanisms for sharing the knowledge that is being generated through all levels of academic enquiry, and to make research findings available for practitioners to apply in developing provision and practice outdoors. This post shares findings from the study (now …

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Toddlers thrive outdoors too!

Early Childhood Outdoors seeks to make links and collaborate with organisations and companies sharing the mission to increase the amount and quality of outdoor experience children from birth to seven have in their daily lives.  Through liaising with a wide range of ‘collaborators’ our aim is to enhance each other’s work, enabling and supporting however we …

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Stoke Goes Out!

The immediate locality around the nursery is a remarkable resource that is unfortunately rarely tapped by most early years settings – even though many Childminders routinely take the children they care for out and about. This wonderful project in Stoke should inspire and motivate practitioners to notice just how much there is of value for …

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Routes of Resilience in the Early Years – Pathways to Flourishing

Over many years of community focused early years work, Annie Davy has co-constructed an accessible yet profound framework for thinking and acting towards enabling young children’s emotional health through their relationship with the natural world. She describes this framework in her recent book, Nursery World award-winning A Sense of Place: Mindful practice outdoors (2019, Featherstone). …

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Babies Thrive Outdoors!

Early Childhood Outdoors seeks to make links and collaborate with organisations and companies sharing the mission to increase the amount and quality of outdoor experience children from birth to seven have in their daily lives. Through liaising with a wide range of ‘collaborators’ our aim is to enhance each other’s work, enabling and supporting however …

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Natural Places and Spaces for Children’s Play

This post, written by early childhood educator, landscape designer and author Nancy Striniste introduces the ‘design’ stream of the Early Childhood Outdoors weekly blog. As owner and director of landscape design company Early Space in the USA, her mission is to connect children – in their neighbourhoods, backyards, schoolyards, childcare centres, and parks – to …

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Imagination 101

This deeply thoughtful and well-articulated longer read, written by Clare Caro, provides much food for thought about how we can best allow, enable and nurture the rich, flexible and powerful ability to image that is at the heart of human existence. Strongly influenced by Pikler research, thinking and practice, Clare is founder of Nature Play®, …

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