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.


EYFS Best Practice: All about... Outdoor nurseries

Settings based on outdoor learning are growing in popularity - and providing focused, creative provision inspired by their individual environments. Nicole Weinstein takes a look at some of the different...


Early Years in School: Outdoors - Another world

Being outdoors provides children with developmental benefits that cannot be replicated indoors. Kathryn Solly reveals how to get it right


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Boxing clever

Role-play boxes can increase children’s involvement in the outdoors beyond typical activities and improve their learning, reports Everton Nursery School and Family...


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Hit the trail

In an extract from his book of story-based adventures, Adam Dove explains how woodland fairies and a big-footed troll can provide an exciting and engaging starting...


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - In full swing

Action research has helped to develop a nursery garden to better provide open-ended opportunities for learning, as well improving practice. Teacher Sue Duglan...


Nursery Equipment: Outdoors - Cover all bases

With nurseries spending an increasing amount of time outside, many are investing in outdoor structures bringing real benefits to children's play and learning,...


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.