Ideas, support and information for best practice in outdoor provision and play in the Early Years Foundation Stage. With a wealth of articles on all aspects of the outdoors, including forest schools, gardening and the best early years resources for your setting. An invaluable guide to this vital area of early years practice.


Nursery Management: Outdoors - Where children want to be

How do you audit your outdoor provision and draw up plans for improvement? Workforce, environment, and practice are the key factors, according to Gail Ryder Richardson.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Free spirits

A Beach School is opening up a wealth of new learning experiences for children at one nursery in Bristol. Ruth Thomson finds out more Photographs At woodland house...


Enabling Environments: Hand-eye co-ordination - Take your pick

Outdoor environments can offer good opportunities for children to build and develop hand-eye co-ordination, if the right interventions are made. Julie Mountain considers...


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Whatever the weather

Active outdoor play has many benefits for children. Viv Hampshire explains how her children's centre is encouraging families to get out and about, rain or shine....


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Going strong

Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Rapid response

Providing opportunities for active outdoor play significantly increases children's agility and it need not be expensive, says Julie Mountain.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Tree time

The physical and mental benefits of a Forest School week for children at a South Shields setting have exceeded expectations.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - After dark

Playing outdoors after dark can be exciting and challenging. Julie Mountain advises on making the most of outside spaces all day.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Out of the wood

Sue Ball, of Setting Sail Day Nursery, Harrogate, describes the development of her Forest School and the benefits for the children.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Stick together!

Children gain an immense sense of achievement from creating something beautiful from a few simple sticks, says Julie Mountain.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Get the bug!

There's no end to the learning as well as the fun that can be found in creating a habitat for minibeasts, says Julie Mountain, a consultant working for Learning...


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Come out to play

Boys were encouraged to discover new ways to play, learn and practise independence outdoors in a project described by Julie Mountain.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Making sense

Developing a neglected area into a garden enabling free-flow access to the outdoors has transformed the under-twos' day at one nursery, as Ruth Thomson hears.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Step into the story

Viv Hampshire explains how she organised a story walk to bring the popular picture book We're Going on a Bear Hunt to life.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Chalk it up

It's an eye-opening experience to observe what children (and adults) really go for in a setting's outdoor provision, as Janice Ellis discovers.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Hit the roof

Having involved the children in its design, a London nursery is now enjoying its feature-rich roof garden, reports Katy Morton.


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Wild at heart

The endless potential for learning through play that the natural environment offers to young children is observed by 'nature kindergarten' provider Claire Warden....


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Why are the leaves yellow?

What do children really get out of playing outdoors? An action research project into children's fascinations and explorations in nature, described by Annie Davy...


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Feet first

Follow young children on the trail of new sensory experiences and inspiring ideas to take back to nursery, with Katy Morton.