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The Outdoor Challenge will get you to think hard about your setting's outdoor provision, says Julie Mountain of Learning Through Landscapes.
For children to get the most out of their time outdoors, practitioners need to develop the right qualities for leadership, says Annie Davy.
A grant-funded outdoor space was made to order according to the nursery children's wishes and needs. Ruth Thomson takes a look around.
While often overlooked in the design of a nursery, the quality of lighting is a factor that can greatly affect children's wellbeing.
Flower gardens let children explore the world of flora and fauna all year round, and can be provided by every setting, explains Diana Lawton.
The forest school approach need not be limited to early years settings with easy access to the countryside, as Annette Rawstrone discovers.
The aims and principles that went into developing an innovative children's centre outdoor area are explained to Karen Faux. Photographs by Teri Pengilley at Woodlands Park Nursery.
Mathematical learning need not be a dull or daunting prospect, thanks to the ability of well-equipped outside spaces to let children immerse themselves in complex ideas while at play.
Outdoors, children can lose their inhibitions when it comes to reading, writing and talking - and the right mix of resources can help, says Helen Bromley.
Whether they are fashioned from hedgerows or built for purpose from tents and playhouses, dens should be personal retreats for children and places that inspire their imagination and learning, says Diana Lawton.
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- Practice (13)
- Curriculum (7)
- Outdoors (6)
- Equipment and resources (4)
- Supplement - nursery equipment (4)
- Activities (3)
- Let's explore (2)
- Management (2)
- Understanding the world (2)
- Communication and language (1)
- Expressive arts and design (1)
- Literacy (1)
- Mathematics (1)
- Physical development (1)
- Supplement - nursery management (1)