Sharing the nursery garden with our birds

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is just around the corner, taking place at any time between 29th and 31st of January, and I know that many early years settings are preparing to take part – adding to over 40 years of data gathering.  Clearly, it’s a great springboard too for bringing everyone’s attention to the …

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The red blanket: a tangle of agency

I’ve long wanted to find, support and create mechanisms for sharing the knowledge that is being generated through research at universities in a way that enables practitioners to deepen their own thinking, provision and practice outdoors.  So I’m really pleased that this strand in the work of ECO is developing so well! In recent months …

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Celebration of the year that’s passed and optimism for the year ahead!

Despite the limitations on in-person gatherings and face-to-face events since March last year, members of the Early Childhood Outdoors meshwork have clearly been beavering away on our individual and collective missions.  Both as individuals, settings or organisations and through working collaboratively, we have stuck to our united vision of more children thriving outdoors, more often …

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Friluftsliv: Living well with nature

The winter solstice is just around the corner now (10.02 on 21st Dec) – a pivotal day that carries the promise of lengthening days and eventually, the early signs of Spring.  As the official start of Winter though, it in itself provokes us to acknowledge that the winter months are here now.  And before us …

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Moving On…

When Ofsted published their report COVID-19 series: briefing on early years in October, news outlets picked up particularly on regressions in toileting and cutlery handling for some children returning after staying at home during lockdown.  Reading the actual reports puts this into better perspective and it is clear that children’s experiences have been wide-ranging, with …

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Celebrating 60 posts on our blog!

It’s a special occasion for Early Childhood Outdoors this week, so cause for a small celebration.   We have reached the landmark of having 60 articles shared by the ECO meshwork through the ECO blog – which is quite an exciting achievement! The aim of our blog is to enable folks who are part of the …

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Why did I set up the Outdoor Teacher?

It’s always exciting when a new collaboration comes about that joins up more of the people and organisations who share the mission of enabling young children to have more frequent, longer and richer experiences in and with the outdoors – just what Early Childhood Outdoors is about! In August, Marina Robb, advocate for the integration …

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Designing an effective play area

For this week’s post I’m very pleased to be able to share another of Kathy Brodie’s interviews with people who champion being, playing and learning outdoors for every child – this time from Julie Mountain, long-time Landscapes for Early Childhood friend, former Learning through Landscapes colleague, and passionate advocate for ‘no child left inside’. Julie …

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Woodwork: Exercising the imagination

One of the silver linings emerging as we have been adjusting to many months of pandemic restrictions is that so much training has been made available digitally, becoming more accessible and cheaper than ever before.  But as Kathy Brodie counsels in this month’s Nursery World, “The online marketplace [for training] has exploded.. which is fantastic …

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Rocks Rock: celebrating international stonework playday

In a post earlier this year, I shared my six favourite children’s books to support play with dandelions to celebrate the confluence of World Book Night and Earth Day on 22nd April.  Now, just over half of the year later, on the other side of the seasonal cycle, it’s time to celebrate one of my …

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