Training

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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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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Would you like to pilot a new (free) online course on Physical Development?

An important strand of work for Early Childhood Outdoors is to support and share developments in good quality training opportunities at all levels, so that practitioners can enhance their understanding and practice across relevant areas and along a continuum of levels.  Freedom, stimulus and possibility for moving and being physical is of course one of …

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Stoke Goes Out!

The immediate locality around the nursery is a remarkable resource that is unfortunately rarely tapped by most early years settings – even though many Childminders routinely take the children they care for out and about. This wonderful project in Stoke should inspire and motivate practitioners to notice just how much there is of value for …

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Early Years qualifications and training for practicing outdoors

Early Childhood Outdoors aims to increase the confidence and competence of the early childhood care and education workforce in working in the outdoors with children from birth to seven, with the emphasis firmly on the day-to-day experience young children have in their early years settings. This week’s ECO blog post launches an important ongoing conversation …

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Fresh Air, Freedom and Fun

By Felicity Thomas Norfolk is putting ‘Learning in the Outdoors’ at centre stage for their Early Years training and development programme. Their annual Early Years Conference this year consists of three days promoting outdoor learning, investigation and information. A ‘Training Garden’ has been developed at the Early Years Hub in Norwich to show how all learning can happen …

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