Research

Unhurried communicative spaces in the early learning and care setting

Isn’t it good when one thing leads to another?  This is certainly one of the intentions behind Early Childhood Outdoors’ mission of bringing outdoor champions into contact with each other. Back in August we shared an edited version of an article written by Orlagh Doyle about how practice at her two nurseries in Wexford, Ireland …

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Helpful Resources: A focus on nature-based preschools from Barnardos in Ireland

Over the lifetime of this blog, we have been able to point people to a wide range of relevant and useful resources, carrying out the aspiration for Early Childhood Outdoors to act as a resource directory: Acting as a source directory, Early Childhood Outdoors helps to share resources that support the mission of “more children …

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Noticing Infants intra-action with the more-than-human world

Our long-postponed research seminar, hosted as an online webinar in collaboration with the Froebel Trust last Saturday, was a great success and a marvellous way to initiate a range of actions that we might take over the coming year or so.  Thanks so much to Carol Duffy, Dawn Jones, Dr Nicola Kemp and Dr Jo …

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Where Are The Babies? webinar registration now open!

It is with great pleasure that I’m able to announce that our long awaited research seminar Where Are The Babies? Exploring outdoor provision for children from birth to two, organised in collaboration with The Froebel Trust, will be going ahead as a free Froebel Trust hosted webinar on Saturday 20th March 2021, from 10am to 1pm. …

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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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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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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’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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