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Nursery school children in Verona, Italy, take part in challenging outdoor trips to develop their confidence and all-round skills.

In any kind of setting you can provide a way for children to get close to nature while doing their part in its care. Mary Whiting shows how.

Stimulate the senses, stretch children's skills and extend provision for special needs by developing a sensory garden, as one nursery shows Viv Hampshire how they did it.

A small outdoor area provides huge opportunities for play and learning at one pre-school that can draw on Forest School leadership. Michelle Shaw and Ruth Thompson describe how they created it.

The best way to get children to think about our disappearing wildlife is to have them take an active part in its resurrection - and it's really simple to do, says Mary Whiting.

The evolution of a magical garden shared with the community is described by Mary Weston, programme manager at Little London Children's Centre in Leeds.

A fresh source for learning is discovered every week by one early years class, as Ruth Thomson finds out.

An early years setting's garden designed along the lines of a popular children's book includes everything except the bear. Helen Hicks, manager of Boomerang Kids in Saltdean near Brighton, explains its journey.

We found that less was more when we cleared our school's outdoor area and let children choose their own challenges in physical play, says Jane Simons.