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.

A Responsive Environment: Creating a Dynamic, Versatile and Flexible Environment

A Responsive Environment: Creating a Dynamic, Versatile and Flexible Environment

A responsive environment: Creating a dynamic, versatile and flexible environment

This Chapter Explores

  • The outdoors as a uniquely responsive environment, and one with the potential to promote young children's agency, to foster creativity and to strengthen dispositions for learning
  • The principle of responsive environments in early childhood education and care
  • How the principle can be realised in practice with babies and toddlers, young children, and children in the early school years
  • How settings can move forward from varying starting points to create or enhance outdoor environments that are dynamic, versatile and flexible

Value: Outdoors should be a dynamic, flexible and versatile place where children can choose, create, change and be in charge of their play environment.

The Rationale for a Responsive Environment

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