A book a day for nature play – week 2 of 30 Days Wild

Tomorrow (5th of June), World Environment Day falls within the second week of 30 Days Wild, the Wildlife Trust’s challenge for everyone to partake in 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness across the month of June.  The compelling theme of World Environment Day this year is Reimagine: Recreate: Restore – let’s get …

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A book a day for nature play – week 1 of 30 Days Wild

30 Days Wild from The Wildlife Trusts is the UK’s biggest nature challenge!  The challenge is for you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness: we’re hoping that you have plans to participate with your children. It’s official! 30 Days …

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The Chilean quest for introducing outdoor learning and play in early childhood education

With this week’s post, we are excited to announce the official launch of our new Early Childhood Outdoors Vimeo channel!  Over the coming year, we hope to add visual material so that we have a lively companion for this more word-oriented blog, for celebrating, sharing and motivating across the ECO meshwork.  We are especially looking …

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The Wondrous Walk

Our wonderfully successful collaborative research webinar Where Are the Babies, hosted by the Froebel Trust, created lots of conversation in the very active chat running alongside the presentations and panel discussions (scroll down in this link to find these recordings).  Lots of people also gave their thoughts in the survey monkey sent out afterwards, in response …

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Animal Engagement – the magical Guinea pig!

Not long ago, I was contacted by Mary Bermingham, of the Burren Nature Sanctuary in County Galway, Ireland, inviting me to talk about how I became a ‘nature educator’ for the podcast she set up in response to the first lockdown in Ireland.  Mary is clearly a very energetic and driven person, and apparently cannot …

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Learning from the wisdom of a life spent working with the outdoors

ECO champion Kathryn Solly has previously contributed posts for the Early Childhood Outdoors blog: What a wonderful world outside! and Pandemic possibilities outdoors.  With the approach of a new Early Years Summit from Kathy Brodie (running free from 31st May to 6th June with no less than 30 interviews on speech, language and communication), it is …

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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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