Outdoor education offers children special contexts for play and exploration, real experiences, and contact with the natural world and the community. To help ensure young children thrive and develop in your care, this book provides essential information on how to make learning outdoors a rich and valuable part of their daily life.
Written by a team of experts in the field, this book focuses on the core values of effective outdoor provision, and is packed with ideas to try out in practice. Topics covered include:
- the role of play in learning outdoors
- meaningful experiences for children outdoors
- the role of the adult outdoors
- creating a dynamic and flexible outdoor environment
- dealing with challenge, risk and safety
- including every child in outdoor learning
There are case studies of successful strategies in action, covering the Birth to 5 age range. Outdoor provision needs to be thoughtfully planned, well organised and appropriately supported by adults, and this book will help practitioners and students to lead good practice with confidence, so that they respond to the needs and interests of young children.
Jan White is an early childhood consultant. She played a key role in developing the Shared Vision and Values for Outdoor Play for the early years sector, and she now works nationally to advocate and support high quality outdoor provision for young children.
Introduction - Jan White The Role of Play: Play Outdoors as the Medium and Mechanism for Well-Being, Learning and Development - Felicity Thomas and Stephanie Harding Following Children's Interests: Child-Led Experiences that are Meaningful and Worthwhile - Liz Magraw Adults are Essential: The Roles of Adults Outdoors - Tim Waller Capturing the Difference: The Special Nature of the Outdoors - Jan White A Responsive Environment: Creating a Dynamic, Versatile and Flexible Environment - Ros Garrick Offering Rich Experiences: Contexts for Play, Exploration and Talk - Claire Warden As Long as They Need: The Vital Role of Time - Di Chilvers Achieving the Balance: Challenge, Risk and Safety - Helen Tovey Outdoor Play for Everyone: Meeting the Needs of Individuals - Theresa Casey Taking an Active Part: Everyday Participation and Effective Consultation - Miranda Murray