Therapeutic work with the outdoors

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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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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Wellbeing: the self, other, our mental health and nature

A strand of work for Early Childhood Outdoors that is currently making great progress is that of supporting and promoting the range of training opportunities providing the kind of personal and setting development practitioners are looking for.  There is a need for training that helps us give children more time and wider experiences outdoors, 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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Routes of Resilience in the Early Years – Pathways to Flourishing

Over many years of community focused early years work, Annie Davy has co-constructed an accessible yet profound framework for thinking and acting towards enabling young children’s emotional health through their relationship with the natural world. She describes this framework in her recent book, Nursery World award-winning A Sense of Place: Mindful practice outdoors (2019, Featherstone). …

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