Guest post

The red blanket: a tangle of agency

I’ve long wanted to find, support and create mechanisms for sharing the knowledge that is being generated through research at universities in a way that enables practitioners to deepen their own thinking, provision and practice outdoors.  So I’m really pleased that this strand in the work of ECO is developing so well! In recent months …

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Friluftsliv: Living well with nature

The winter solstice is just around the corner now (10.02 on 21st Dec) – a pivotal day that carries the promise of lengthening days and eventually, the early signs of Spring.  As the official start of Winter though, it in itself provokes us to acknowledge that the winter months are here now.  And before us …

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Moving On…

When Ofsted published their report COVID-19 series: briefing on early years in October, news outlets picked up particularly on regressions in toileting and cutlery handling for some children returning after staying at home during lockdown.  Reading the actual reports puts this into better perspective and it is clear that children’s experiences have been wide-ranging, with …

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Why did I set up the Outdoor Teacher?

It’s always exciting when a new collaboration comes about that joins up more of the people and organisations who share the mission of enabling young children to have more frequent, longer and richer experiences in and with the outdoors – just what Early Childhood Outdoors is about! In August, Marina Robb, advocate for the integration …

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Woodwork: Exercising the imagination

One of the silver linings emerging as we have been adjusting to many months of pandemic restrictions is that so much training has been made available digitally, becoming more accessible and cheaper than ever before.  But as Kathy Brodie counsels in this month’s Nursery World, “The online marketplace [for training] has exploded.. which is fantastic …

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Joining in: place as a conversational partner in young children’s talk

I love the way things come along at just the right moment!  Just as I started talking with Tanya Richardson about the need for language assessment and intervention to take place outdoors where children are most relaxed and ready for conversation, stimulated to verbally share thoughts by the real world they are encountering, I also …

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It’s not just what you do but also where you do it!

I’m delighted that through the Early Childhood Outdoors blog we’ve been able to share several research studies that help to push the boundaries of how we support young children outdoors: Katie Parson and Jo Traunter’s research on parental perceptions at Hull University; Nicola Kemp and Jo Josephidou’s Where Are the Babies? study at Canterbury Christchurch …

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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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Children’s empowerment in play

Two of the central aims of Early Childhood Outdoors are to connect people and organisations who are working to provide strong outdoor experiences for young children and to dig into what it means to provide education through play outdoors.  Dr. Natalie Canning’s research on Children’s Empowerment in Play fits perfectly with these aims, so I’m …

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