Advocacy

Children Need Nature Now

Early Childhood Outdoors is always looking to collaborate with others who share the mission for all children to spend more and better quality time in the outdoors with nature, and we recognise a strong idea for doing this when we see one: “During a meeting early in lockdown volunteer directors at the Forest School Association (FSA) were …

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Mainstreaming learning outdoors as part of our new normal

The current situation with most children staying at home has caused many a personal reflection on how we have been living our lives, what actually matters to us and what children really need for on-going wellbeing and healthy development.  And of course this has also sparked many a thought for how we might find and …

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Reasons to be outside in the coming months

Building on the great success of our little booklet Making a Mud Kitchen, each year Liz Edwards and I collaborate in producing a freely available resource (funded by Muddyfaces) to support our shared vision and goal of more children thriving outdoors, more often and for longer, benefiting from richer and more meaningful environments offering authentic, …

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Is Being Barefoot in the Early Years Catching On?

There is a growing trend that should be celebrated – going barefoot. Little Barn Owls in Horsham have a barefoot project, Prince George was pictured joyfully paddling barefoot in a stream at the Chelsea Flower show and it is just as good for adults too, as this article in Scientific American shows. The flat rubber-surfaced conception of …

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