Research

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 …

The red blanket: a tangle of agency Read More »

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 …

Moving On… Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Children’s empowerment in play Read More »

Supporting autonomy in early childhood settings: The whys and hows

One of the aims for Early Childhood Outdoors is to help people committed to working with the outdoors to dig more deeply into what it means to provide education outdoors, thinking further about how in partnering with the outdoors we can nurture wellbeing and growth.  For educators, working outdoors seems to prompt a different way of relating …

Supporting autonomy in early childhood settings: The whys and hows Read More »

Babies and toddlers making connections with their world

Nicola Kemp and Jo Josephidou previously drew our attention to the first report from their two-year Froebel Trust funded research project, ‘A life ‘in and with nature?’ An exploration of outdoor provision in baby rooms’, which summarised their search of the research literature (and the lack of it!) and highlighted some key issues arising from …

Babies and toddlers making connections with their world Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

Researching parent’s perceptions of learning outdoors Read More »

Researching children’s language use and development in outdoor environments

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 post-graduate and post-doctorate research, and to make research findings available for practitioners to apply in developing provision and practice outdoors. This post by Tanya Richardson, on some of the …

Researching children’s language use and development in outdoor environments Read More »