Prof Jan White

Wonderful children’s books to support their experiences outside

Children’s picture books can be magical and are an important part of the pedagogy of working with the outdoors. What better place to start this stream of the Early Childhood Outdoors blog than this review by Liz Magraw (thanks Liz!) The Lost Words: a spell book by Robert MacFarlane, author & Jackie Morris, illustrator (2017 …

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Playing and Learning Outdoors

The monthly ECO reading recommendation This monthly post aims to let you know about specialist books that support thinking and action towards our mission of ‘more children thriving outdoors, more often and for longer, benefiting from richer and more meaningful environments offering authentic, rewarding and satisfying experiences’. Let’s kick off with the new edition of my book, Playing …

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Where are the babies? Exploring outdoor provision for children from birth to two

Early Childhood Outdoors is excited to announce the first of our annual research seminars on the child in the outdoors, on Friday 27th March 2020 in Sheffield. As part of the Froebel Trust’s yearlong seminar series to promote and share their funded research projects, this is free event is hosted by the Froebel Trust and …

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Celebrating the lifework of friend and inspiration, Erin Kenny

As our inaugural international speaker at the launch of Early Childhood Outdoors in April 2018, Erin Kenny reached the hearts of many of those belonging to the ECO meshwork. A year has now passed since Erin finally lost her determined battle with cancer, and she is missed dearly and daily. But the legacy that grew …

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Is Being Barefoot in the Early Years Catching On?

There is a growing trend that should be celebrated – going barefoot. Little Barn Owls in Horsham have a barefoot project, Prince George was pictured joyfully paddling barefoot in a stream at the Chelsea Flower show and it is just as good for adults too, as this article in Scientific American shows. The flat rubber-surfaced conception of …

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