Celebrating World Book Night and Earth Day

Celebrating World Book Night and Earth Day together with six children’s great fiction books featuring Dandelions! “What better day than Earth Day to really make a determined effort to live lives in better harmony with nature.” Dr Jane Goodall This blog, from a lifelong avid reader and lifetime dandelion lover, is about Dandelions and Books.  …

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Creating the meshwork through digital means

We greatly missed connecting in person with everyone at our annual professional gathering at the end of March this year.  Given the likely length of the current situation and not wanting to have a repeated postponement, we have decided to wait until next March for the next national gathering in Sheffield. I’m delighted to be …

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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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Professor Jan White on what ‘being outdoors’ means for children

In a wide-ranging interview for the Early Years Summit ‘Leading Practitioners, Leading Practice’, Professor Jan White discussed outdoor play, its benefits and what this means for children. In this excerpt, taken from the hour’s interview, Professor White describes what she believes to be core opportunities for young children outdoors: to move, to play and to …

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