There’s no such thing as bad weather… only your attitude to it.

Just like us, Muddy Faces wants to share the passion for outdoor play and learning, and is driven by a desire to help anyone seeking to provide all children with more time and stronger experiences outdoors.  So they are really excited to announce the launch of their brand new online magazine ‘The Outdoor Practitioner‘ – and …

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Noticing Infants intra-action with the more-than-human world

Our long-postponed research seminar, hosted as an online webinar in collaboration with the Froebel Trust last Saturday, was a great success and a marvellous way to initiate a range of actions that we might take over the coming year or so.  Thanks so much to Carol Duffy, Dawn Jones, Dr Nicola Kemp and Dr Jo …

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Outdoors is Plan A: Taking Learning Outside During Pandemic Times

We were greatly looking forward to Nancy Striniste’s in-person presentation as our international speaker for the 3rd Early Childhood Outdoors professional gathering last March – but of course her visit to the UK had to be postponed.  Based in Arlington, Virginia (USA), Nancy is an imaginative landscape designer who specialises in creating nature-rich outdoor spaces …

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Welcoming children back to school with outdoor construction

There has been a lot of talk about ‘learning loss’, children being ‘behind’ and needing to ‘catch up’ – which seems very likely to only add to children’s stress levels and related mental health issues.  Isn’t it important that we counter this toxic and dangerous rhetoric by focusing on mental and physical wellbeing and the …

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Teaching in a pandemic – what did we change?

A few weeks ago I enjoyed watching an interview outdoor play enthusiast and preschool teacher Kierna Corr recorded with Kathy Brodie for Early Years TV (in case you don’t already know, a new interview is free to view for a week every Friday evening).  A very interesting thread in Kierna’s conversation was about changes her team in …

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Supporting and enthusing early years students to harness the learning opportunities of the outdoors with our littlest people

Early Childhood Outdoors seeks to support development, delivery and usefulness of qualifications & training in working with young children outdoors.  If we are to achieve our vision of meeting every child’s right to be, play and learn outdoors in education settings, this must include initial qualifications as well as continuing professional development. So it’s good …

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Architecture and Learning in the 1930’s 

I’ve been inspired by Earlham Early Years Centre ever since I visited as part of a Learning through Landscapes team supporting the conference celebrating their newly completed garden in 2003.  The story of how this garden came about, showing vision, courage and a commitment to carrying out what they believed in, was an inspiration in …

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Where Are The Babies? webinar registration now open!

It is with great pleasure that I’m able to announce that our long awaited research seminar Where Are The Babies? Exploring outdoor provision for children from birth to two, organised in collaboration with The Froebel Trust, will be going ahead as a free Froebel Trust hosted webinar on Saturday 20th March 2021, from 10am to 1pm. …

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