Guest post

Where Nature Meets Story

One of the lovely outcomes for me of participating in the 2019 Children and Nature Network international conference in California was meeting Tania Moloney from Victoria, Australia.  Tania has boundless mission, creativity and energy for developing deep experiences for both children and adults in the outdoors – founding and creating Nature in Nurture Australia, Treehouse …

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Learning through Nature

Way back in 1997, Robin Moore and Herb Wong wrote a book documenting the incredible transformation of an American school’s grounds from an exposed asphalt desert into a nature-filled paradise of happiness, wellbeing and highly motivated learning – called Natural Learning: the life history of an environmental schoolyard and subtitled ‘creating environments for rediscovering nature’s way …

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Nature Play for Babies and Toddlers

I have just finished reading the very interesting paper published (open access online on 28th May 2021) by Nicola Kemp and Jo Josephidou in the journal Early Years, titled Babies and toddlers outdoors: a narrative review of the literature on provision for under twos in ECEC settings. This is from the first phase of their Froebel Trust funded …

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Sustainability mindset – challenging the norm and raising questions on pedagogy and practice

A few months ago, in April 2021, Janet Packer and Lindsey Bielby shared some of their vision for Growing Wild Outdoor Nursery at an online meeting hosted by Sheffield branch of Early Education.  I was struck by how they framed their approach in practice, towards their core values of wellbeing and sustainability, as a sustainability …

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Outdoor Learning in Carraig Briste & Killegney Early Years

One of the key intentions of Early Childhood Outdoors has been to create a strong and resilient meshwork that brings together the life journeys (both past achievements and future aspirations) of the very many people around the UK and Ireland who hold a strong belief in the importance and value of being outdoors for young …

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A complete guide to forest school provision and nature pedagogy

I’m delighted that this post brings you three things in one: news of the publication of a masterpiece of a book; a lively, live on-line book launch in which we can hear from the two authors; and some reflections from the deep and prolonged experience of writing such a joint Magnus Opus! As described on …

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Mud and good companionship

We all know that feeling and showing gratitude is both good for you and motivates positive action, and that regularly noticing and being thankful for small things is just as good – quite likely better – than less frequent larger scale events.  Daily experience of gratefulness for what you have can generate wonderful feelings of …

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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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