PRACTICE GUIDE: OUTDOOR PROVISION & PLAY
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.
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.
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...
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...
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....
Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.
Providing opportunities for active outdoor play significantly increases children's agility and it need not be expensive, says Julie Mountain.
The physical and mental benefits of a Forest School week for children at a South Shields setting have exceeded expectations.
Playing outdoors after dark can be exciting and challenging. Julie Mountain advises on making the most of outside spaces all day.
Sue Ball, of Setting Sail Day Nursery, Harrogate, describes the development of her Forest School and the benefits for the children.
Children gain an immense sense of achievement from creating something beautiful from a few simple sticks, says Julie Mountain.
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...
Boys were encouraged to discover new ways to play, learn and practise independence outdoors in a project described by Julie Mountain.
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.
Viv Hampshire explains how she organised a story walk to bring the popular picture book We're Going on a Bear Hunt to life.
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.
Having involved the children in its design, a London nursery is now enjoying its feature-rich roof garden, reports Katy Morton.
The endless potential for learning through play that the natural environment offers to young children is observed by 'nature kindergarten' provider Claire Warden....
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...
Follow young children on the trail of new sensory experiences and inspiring ideas to take back to nursery, with Katy Morton.