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Forest School and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Forest School and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Second Edition

June 2013 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Outdoor learning continues to play an essential role in early years education, and this new edition of a bestselling book explores how the Forest School approach can be easily and effectively incorporated into early years practice.

Expanding on aspects of Forest School teaching, and drawing on new developments and policy changes within the field, this new edition also includes:

- a new chapter on working with parents

- greater coverage of the 0-2 age range

- new case studies to aid learning

- coverage of international approaches to Forest School

Yet again Sara Knight delivers an inspirational text for all those working in or studying early years education and care.

Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools For All and Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play (both published by SAGE).

Contextualising Forest School
What Makes a Forest School?
Exercise, Fresh Air and Learning
Working with Parents and Carers
Seeing the Links
Participating in Forest School
Getting the Forest School Ethos into Settings
Forest School with Other Groups and in Other Countries
Outcomes from Forest School Participation - Some Research
Appendix: Providers of Forest School Training
References and Bibliography

A really fascinating read, which is supported with lots of case studies and links to other learning aprroaches. The case studies cover a range of ages which is also interesting. Some of the discussion points are really good for engaging students in thinking about the topic and I will be enbeddging these within my lessons.

Miss Natalie Gibson
School of Education, Blackburn College
October 30, 2014

For those who want to really engage with this philosophy and understand its origins this text helps practitioners and students alike to either implement aspects or fully embrace its message. A fascinating read.

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
October 6, 2014

It is always good to see a book by Sara Knight. So many of our students are interested in this area and I am sure our new students will find this text helpful.

Mrs Elizabeth Coates
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
September 24, 2014

I found this to be a very accessible text that combines theory with practical examples and case studies. It will provide a strong introduction to the ethos of forest schools to those students who are new to Early Years and childcare. It will also support trainee teachers who are practitioners, to reflect on and improve opportunities for outdoor learning in their settings. I will be including this text as 'recommended reading' on the Early Years Teacher status programme.

Mrs Jo McEvoy
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield Univ.
July 14, 2014

Another excellent book from Sara. Recommended on 3 courses last year.

Dr Jennifer Patterson
Education, Greenwich University
July 10, 2014

Excellent material. Clearly structured and organised. Up-to-date references. Discussion points are very useful.

Dr Richard Greenwood
Primary Education, Stranmillis University College
June 5, 2014

This is an easy book to read which gives a good overview of forest schools. The chapter working with parents and carers is invaluable.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
Education Department, Newman Univ.
May 21, 2014

Excellent text for those outdoor learning modules. A great example of clear concise text for all levels

Mrs Chelle Davison
Education , Leeds Metropolitan University
April 29, 2014

A very good book which focuses on Forest School and outdoor learning in the early years. I would recommend this book to students who are keen on learning more about using the outdoors as a learning resource for children in the early years.

Mrs Opeyemi Osadiya
Early Years, South Essex College
April 9, 2014

All students working with children should read this book

Miss Karen Bezerra
Childcare Studies, Colege sir Gar
March 17, 2014