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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.

In this the eleventh National Strategies feature on the Early Years Foundation Stage, Kim Porter, senior adviser at Every Child a Talker, and early years regional advisers Jonathan Doherty and Kairen Smith, reflect on the nature and challenges of risk taking and being brave.

Flower gardens let children explore the world of flora and fauna all year round, and can be provided by every setting, explains Diana Lawton.

In our National Strategies series Dr Andrew Lockett, Early Years Regional Adviser (NE), Anne Lamb, Early Years Senior Regional Adviser (EE M) and Jan Lepley, Senior Adviser, reflect on the importance of being outside.

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.