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'Free-and-found' resources lend themselves to creative, child-directed outdoor play. Julie Mountain offers some guidance on sourcing them.

Like those working indoors, forest school practitioners must juggle play, learning and development, along with health and safety in an environment that can pose greater hazards.

'Because it's exciting': childen enjoy - and need - the experience of danger Forest School can offer. But educators need a deeper understanding to handle it effectively, Martin Pace explains.

In the final part of her four-part series on the 7Cs approach to planning the outdoor play space, Julie Mountain looks at Change and Chance.

Co-operative Childcare has introduced science gardens - through a creative process involving all 50 of its settings. Meredith Jones Russell reports.

This natural material opens up opportunities for children to experiment and explore both real and imaginary worlds - and a mud kitchen makes a good central point.

In part three of her series on the 7Cs approach to planning outdoor spaces for young children, Julie Mountain explains the importance of incorporating 'clarity' and 'challenge'.

The importance of outdoor play to development is well documented. Julie Mountain explains how to get right both attitude and resources.

Early years landscape designer Julie Mountain continues her exploration of an innovative Canadian approach to early childhood landscape design - the 7Cs - by looking at context and connectivity.

In the first of a four-part series on planning your outdoor area,Julie Mountain introduces the '7Cs' approach for enabling high-quality play.