Joining in: place as a conversational partner in young children’s talk

I love the way things come along at just the right moment!  Just as I started talking with Tanya Richardson about the need for language assessment and intervention to take place outdoors where children are most relaxed and ready for conversation, stimulated to verbally share thoughts by the real world they are encountering, I also …

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It’s not just what you do but also where you do it!

I’m delighted that through the Early Childhood Outdoors blog we’ve been able to share several research studies that help to push the boundaries of how we support young children outdoors: Katie Parson and Jo Traunter’s research on parental perceptions at Hull University; Nicola Kemp and Jo Josephidou’s Where Are the Babies? study at Canterbury Christchurch …

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Outdoor play books now all available in one place!

A marvellous collaborationA bespoke online bookstore for almost all of the books for adults on Outdoor Play published in the UK (and some from beyond) is now available, thanks to a great collaboration between Early Childhood Outdoors and Richard Myers at Books Education. Richard has been providing a fantastic range of books on all aspects of …

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Children Need Nature Now

Early Childhood Outdoors is always looking to collaborate with others who share the mission for all children to spend more and better quality time in the outdoors with nature, and we recognise a strong idea for doing this when we see one: “During a meeting early in lockdown volunteer directors at the Forest School Association (FSA) were …

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Children’s empowerment in play

Two of the central aims of Early Childhood Outdoors are to connect people and organisations who are working to provide strong outdoor experiences for young children and to dig into what it means to provide education through play outdoors.  Dr. Natalie Canning’s research on Children’s Empowerment in Play fits perfectly with these aims, so I’m …

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The most powerful trend in early childhood environment design across the world

It’s been some time since we shared another of Kathy Brodie’s 16 interviews from the Spring 2018 Outdoor Play and Learning summit, and this one is so very relevant as we welcome many more families back to early years settings in the UK with a focus on wellbeing and a ‘green recovery’.  Alongside the global …

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Supporting autonomy in early childhood settings: The whys and hows

One of the aims for Early Childhood Outdoors is to help people committed to working with the outdoors to dig more deeply into what it means to provide education outdoors, thinking further about how in partnering with the outdoors we can nurture wellbeing and growth.  For educators, working outdoors seems to prompt a different way of relating …

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Wellbeing: the self, other, our mental health and nature

A strand of work for Early Childhood Outdoors that is currently making great progress is that of supporting and promoting the range of training opportunities providing the kind of personal and setting development practitioners are looking for.  There is a need for training that helps us give children more time and wider experiences outdoors, and …

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