Where are the babies? Exploring outdoor provision for children from birth to two

Early Childhood Outdoors is excited to announce the first of our annual research seminars on the child in the outdoors, on Friday 27th March 2020 in Sheffield.

As part of the Froebel Trust’s yearlong seminar series to promote and share their funded research projects, this is free event is hosted by the Froebel Trust and is organised in collaboration with Early Childhood Outdoors.

This seminar addresses an area of provision that is little researched and, alarmingly, has been little attended to in recent practice – children from birth to two in the outdoors. As well as sharing recent and current research in this important and exciting area, we will seek to identify the issues for provision and practice across the UK and spark a national conversation about what we can do both as individuals and as a meshwork.

This event is separate to the ECO annual gathering, but we hope you will want to participate in both!

Book your place for the Where Are The Babies? research seminar here

Book your place for Creating Outdoor Spaces That Connect Young Children With The Natural World here

Whilst there has been a growing interest in outdoor learning within ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care), little is known about provision for under twos. Similarly, despite increasing public concern about young children’s connection and relationship with the natural world, the outdoor experiences of babies and toddlers has been largely ignored. This free seminar will share initial findings from a research project funded by the Froebel Trust focused on outdoor provision in babyrooms in Kent. Aimed to foster collaboration and to raise the profile of this important area of practice, the seminar will also include presentations from members of Early Childhood Outdoors and opportunities to network and share. It is aimed at researchers, practitioners and any other interested individuals.

The seminar is hosted by the Froebel Trust and supported by Early Childhood Outdoors, Canterbury Christ Church University, The Open University, and the Nature, Outdoor Learning & Play BERA special interest group.

Date: Friday 27th March 2020 1- 5pm

Venue: The Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX


1pm                Arrive and refreshments

1.30 pm         A life ‘in and with nature’? An exploration of outdoor provision in baby rooms Presentation of Froebel Trust funded research project by Dr Nicola Kemp, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Dr Jo Josephidou, The Open University

2.30pm          Research and Practice presentations: Dawn Jones, University of Wales Trinity St David and Carol Duffy, Early Childhood Ireland

3.30pm           Refreshments and networking

4pm               Panel discussion: what are the issues? hosted by Professor Jan White, Early Childhood Outdoors

4.45pm           Next steps

5.00pm           Close


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