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Outdoor Provision in the Early Years
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Outdoor Provision in the Early Years

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March 2011 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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
Introduction
Felicity Thomas and Stephanie Harding
The Role of Play: Play Outdoors as the Medium and Mechanism for Well-Being, Learning and Development
Liz Magraw
Following Children's Interests: Child-Led Experiences that are Meaningful and Worthwhile
Tim Waller
Adults are Essential: The Roles of Adults Outdoors
Jan White
Capturing the Difference: The Special Nature of the Outdoors
Ros Garrick
A Responsive Environment: Creating a Dynamic, Versatile and Flexible Environment
Claire Warden
Offering Rich Experiences: Contexts for Play, Exploration and Talk
Di Chilvers
As Long as They Need: The Vital Role of Time
Helen Tovey
Achieving the Balance: Challenge, Risk and Safety
Theresa Casey
Outdoor Play for Everyone: Meeting the Needs of Individuals
Miranda Murray
Taking an Active Part: Everyday Participation and Effective Consultation

Useful text for early years students

Mrs Maria Vinney
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
June 19, 2013

This book will be used in conjunction with several others for a taught session on planning for outdoor play. The first year B.Ed students will be undertaking placements in Children's Centres, so the case studies in this book will be most useful.

Mr Ian Barrett
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
May 1, 2013

Essential core reading for students studying and working within Early Years. Jan White explores children’s outdoor play through children’s own experiences, adult’s role, suitable environments and dealing with challenge, risk and safety. This book highlights the importance of the outdoor provision, child development, creativity and children’s right to engage in play. The book is filled with inspiring pictures and various examples how to plan outdoor provision successfully. In addition this book contains several thinking points which carry the reader to reflect on their own learning.

Mrs Paivi Valtonen
Scool of Education, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
April 12, 2013

Outdoor provision does not always get the high profile it should. This text is an excellent point of reference for all who work with young children.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
March 12, 2013

As we look to developing trainees ideas about the place of play and physical activity outside of the classroom, this resource will be recommended. The case studies will help the trainees to picture scenarios that they can then discuss to extend their understanding. Whilst the chapter on ‘Challenge, Risk and Safety’ is important it is good to see that the value and importance of outdoor play dominates the book and focusses the attention of the reader onto the positives of outdoor play for the early years.

Mrs Alison Carney
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 3, 2012

The text provides the value and importance of outdoor play for young children and the role the practioner.

Ms Deborah Abbott
Professional Education And Development, Doncaster University Centre
July 11, 2012

Well written with clear examples and illustrations.
Have suggested students purchase as an aid to ongoing professional practice.

Mr Patrick Meehan
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
April 27, 2012

A comprehensive book that provides learners with a great deal of information regarding outdoor play. I shall be recommending this for level 4 Early Childhood Studies students and those exploring outdoor play within their dissertation/independent studies.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
April 24, 2012

Great to link into Forest Schools

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
March 22, 2012

A clear, well-structured and comprehensive examination of a variety of relevant issues. The use of case studies is very student-friendly. Excellent

Mrs Beverley Hutchinson
Dept of Education, Stranmillis University College
December 5, 2011

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