How can you create opportunities for learning and playing outdoors?

This book offers a range of chapters on key topics, including:

why outdoor play is important for young children; how to make sure your children play outdoors as much as indoors; how play can help young children develop a sense of well-being; child-led play experiences; the role of adults outdoors; ensuring outdoor provision for children with additional needs; how to provide rich outdoor environments; challenge, risk and safety outdoors

This is an inspirational and exciting read, that all early years professionals will enjoy and find immensely useful.



The Necessity of Having Vision and Values for Outdoor Provision

Playing and interacting outdoors meets the way young children most want to be, behave, develop and learn. The kind of play we had outdoors as young children will have played a big role in influencing our attitudes and abilities as we grew up, affecting our outlook on and approach to life, as well as contributing broadly and deeply to our learning and education. Outdoor play has a potentially powerful and significant role in many fundamental aspects of young children's health and development, including all five outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda (DCSF, 2008a).

White (2008: 2-3) asserts that play outdoors has the potential to offer children:

  • access to space with opportunities to be their natural, exuberant ...
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