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What UK settings can learn from Japanese kindergartens when it comes to connecting with nature. By Julie Mountain

When it comes to risk-taking and resilience, Japan’s settings get the most out of adults and the outdoors, finds Julie Mountain

In the first of a four-part series, Julie Mountain explores what Japanese kindergartens can teach us about risk-taking and resilience

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

Make sure new-starters appreciate the importance of outdoor play at your setting by following these tips. By Julie Mountain

In the final part of her series on the London Borough of Newham and Early Education’s 20-provider-strong Outdoors and Active programme, Julie Mountain rounds up some of the key lessons learnt

Julie Mountain continues her series on Newham’s Outdoors and Active programme by looking at its approach to open spaces, surfaces and level changes, climbing, large objects and storage

The use of mud kitchens in nurseries’ outdoor spaces has spread significantly since the concept was popularised a few years ago, but children will only get the most out of them if they are regularly reviewed. Nicole Weinstein finds advice for settings, whether they are updating or starting from scratch

Forest school and outdoor teaching are becoming a key part of the early years curriculum, offering deep learning opportunities as well as cultivating a kinship with nature, writes Nicole Weinstein

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