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Outdoor Provision in the Early Years

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
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

'If you are looking to enrich outdoor play experiences for young children, this is an inspirational text that could be written just for you'
-Early Years Educator

'There is much here to inspire the practitioner who knows that outdoor provision is important but isn't quite sure how to implement it in their setting...They will find plenty of new ideas to help them develop and extend their practice to provide even more interesting and stimulating experiences for children'
-Early Years Update

Very informative for the Play in the early years module

Mrs Terrie A Blaszczyk
Education Department, Roehampton University
June 7, 2016

A good book explaining the role of the outdoor play as a learning resource.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
January 19, 2016

An excellent book that offers practical ideas as well as theoretical standpoints. A very useful guide for the practitioner and students studying early years provision.

Mrs Claire Kathryn Pescott
Early Years and Education, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
February 8, 2016

This will be a useful addition to the unit regarding evaluation of the outdoor environment. It will help students consider what they currenty offer and how improvements could be made.

Mrs Sarah Phillips
Childhood Studies, Heart of Worcestershire College
February 15, 2015

excellent all round text for the 3-7 and 5-11 education trainees

Augusta Steele
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
February 4, 2015

An inspiration for early years practitioners learning about their profession, the children in their care and how to support, develop and facilitate play, learning and development.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
December 17, 2014

Full of practical ideas to inspire the development of outdoor play provision. Found this book a great benefit for teaching early childhood/education students on my play modules. Good resource for prompting reflection amongst students.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
December 16, 2014

Excellent book full of practical ideas. I appreciated the perspectives of several leading contributors and the way some current issues, such as risk-taking, were addressed. The book prompted reflection and I found it well structured.

Pamela Torry
Education (Charles Street), Sheffield Hallam University
November 11, 2013

Found this book a great benefit for both Early years and my lecturing in Playwork. Great practical ideas.

Ms Alison Stevenson
Early years & young people, North West Regional college
October 23, 2013

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