Natural Places and Spaces for Children’s Play

This post, written by early childhood educator, landscape designer and author Nancy Striniste introduces the ‘design’ stream of the Early Childhood Outdoors weekly blog. As owner and director of landscape design company Early Space in the USA, her mission is to connect children – in their neighbourhoods, backyards, schoolyards, childcare centres, and parks – to …

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Imagination 101

This deeply thoughtful and well-articulated longer read, written by Clare Caro, provides much food for thought about how we can best allow, enable and nurture the rich, flexible and powerful ability to image that is at the heart of human existence. Strongly influenced by Pikler research, thinking and practice, Clare is founder of Nature Play®, …

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Researching children’s language use and development in outdoor environments

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 post-graduate and post-doctorate research, and to make research findings available for practitioners to apply in developing provision and practice outdoors. This post by Tanya Richardson, on some of the …

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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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Fresh Air, Freedom and Fun

By Felicity Thomas   Norfolk is putting ‘Learning in the Outdoors’ at centre stage for their Early Years training and development programme. Their annual Early Years Conference this year consists of three days promoting outdoor learning, investigation and information. A ‘Training Garden’ has been developed at the Early Years Hub in Norwich to show how all learning can …

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