Where are the babies?  Researching children from birth to two’s engagement with the outdoors. 

We were of course very disappointed not to be able to hold the first of our ECO research seminars on 27th March this year.  However, we have two great pieces of news. Firstly, Nicola and Jo have published the first report from their research project, summarising their search of the research literature (and the lack …

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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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Celebrating Dandelions for Earth Day

On Wednesday 22nd April, Earth Day reaches its 50th birthday, and this year it will be a huge global online event.  While immersed in our current combined environmental and health crisis, it’s more important than ever that we seek to address the great imbalances that human activity has generated for our planet.  Inspired by Juliet …

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The Joy of Moving Forward in Thought

This week’s ECO blog post is an intriguing reflection about the power of life outdoors as a two-year-old for adding verbal language to his toolkit for thinking and sharing experiences.  As a writer, I am very aware of how I run a whole range of word-strings back and forth in order to say what I …

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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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Slowliness – smelling the roses of childhood

Parents and carers are key to increasing the amount of time young children spend outside each day and to enabling a life long love of being in and caring for nature. Early Childhood Outdoors seeks to raise parental awareness regarding the importance and value of being outside in childhood and beyond. We also seek to …

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