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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

Very interesting book dedicated to forest schools. Would recommend this book on the early years course.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
March 14, 2014

Useful to enhance reading of those interested, a supplementary text to her other books.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste College
February 24, 2014

Provided this book to the learning resource team

Miss Anita Chamberlain
Faculty of Education (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
February 20, 2014

A thorough and practical guide to using outside spaces to support learning.

Dr Vicki Fitt
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
February 17, 2014

I love this book, indepth knowledge of forest schools and outdoor learning.

Mrs Hayley Roberts
care, Wakefield College
February 17, 2014

A very interesting read-however the links of forest schools to other approaches and current EYFS was minimal.

CARE, Carshalton College
January 9, 2014

Will definately use term 3 forest schools

Mrs Kate James
Health and Social Care, Barnet College
January 7, 2014

This is a great introduction to Forest School. Students find the contents interesting and motivating.

Mr Ian Currie
Faculty of education, Edge Hill University
December 11, 2013

I was a kindergarten teacher in Finland in the 1990’s, where our small rural setting offered outdoor environment experiences for the children every day. This book reminds me of those glorious times in the forest around the open fire. Sara Knight gathers together her expertise about Forest School practices and outdoor learning. This new edition offers an insight into outdoor learning through several case studies, discussion points, pictures and further readings. I find the book exciting and believe it offers a valuable reading experience for all early years’ practitioners.

Mrs Paivi Valtonen
Scool of Education, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
October 28, 2013

This book is an essential read for thse involved in or researching outdoor education.
The author draws on research to support the chapters. Excellent links between theory and practice made throughout.

Mrs Leanne Hall
Care and Education, Tyne Metropolitan College
October 13, 2013