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Cooking and preparing food outdoors in all weathers can be challenging, as one Cornish nursery found out – but there are many benefits for children. Nicole Weinstein reports

Conkers have huge affordances – and luckily there is plenty of them right now, and they’re free! By Julie Mountain

Children’s fine motor skills are developing speedily at Little Foxes Forest School, an outdoor nursery in Bristol, thanks to the range of activities on offer, Nicole Weinstein discovers

Letting children practise negotiating steps and slopes will improve their physical confidence and can teach them about number and gravity. By Julie Mountain

As Chelsea Open Air Nursery School prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary, Nicole Weinstein finds out what makes the setting so special today

With summer upon us, Julie Mountain suggests some creative ways to use water in your setting

Two settings, one urban and one rural, explain how their Forest School provision works. By early years expert Nicole Weinstein

Going outside to ‘do’ maths is an effective way to engage young children. Julie Mountain offers some tips

The natural environment is benefiting children with sensory processing problems at Merseyside’s first outdoor nursery, explains Nicole Weinstein

More and more farms are helping to educate young children, as Ruth Beattie found out when she talked to some prize-winners