3rd Edition

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years Management and Innovation

By Helen Bilton Copyright 2010
    272 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its third edition, Outdoor Learning in the Early Years is the complete guide to creating effective outdoor environments for young children’s learning. Comprehensively revised and updated throughout, this book covers every aspect of working outdoors in the early years and fully explains the importance of outdoor play to children’s development.

    Key topics covered include:

    • how to manage and set up the outdoor area
    • what children gain from being outside
    • how to allow children to take managed risks
    • making sense of work and play
    • how outdoor provision helps children become self regulatory
    • providing for both boys and girls in the outdoor environment
    • research supporting the outdoor approach.

    A book for practitioners at every level of their career; each chapter includes discussions and questions for continuing development that can easily be incorporated into INSET as well as training within further or higher education.

    Outdoor Learning in the Early Years contains a multitude of ideas and activities for working outdoors in the early years and provides a framework within which professionals can analyse and develop their outdoor provision and environment. This book is essential reading for all EYFS and Key Stage 1 practitioners, and for trainee teachers, their tutors, and mentors.

    Acknowledgements  Introduction  Part 1: Putting Outside into Perspective  1. The Benefits of Outdoor Learning  2. The Environment for Teaching and Learning  3. Historical and International Context  Part 2: Making it Work  4. Guiding Principles for Outdoor Teaching and Learning  5. Learning Experiences/Bays  6. Children Using the Outdoor Environment   7. The Role of the Adult  Part 3: Making Changes  8. Developing Outdoor Provision Epilogue  Part 4: Further Information  Contacts and Resources  Bibliography  Index


    Helen Bilton is the Director of the PGCE Primary and Early Years Programme at the University of Reading where she lectures in Early Years Education.

    Praise for previous edition:

    'Helen Bilton's much needed and excellent book has filled a gap in the literature about outdoor play. I would recommend it as essential reading for all who work with children in the early years or make decisions about the appropriateness of settings.' – Early Education

    'Helen Bilton's enthusiasm for her subject is evident throughout this book and it is obvious that not only is she a source of inspiration for present and future practitioners in this field, but much of her book is based on solid practical experience.' – E-scape

    'This book is "a must read book" for any practitioners in early years education.'  –Customer Review on Amazon

    'This third edition of Outdoor Learning in the Early Years reaffirms the fundamental tenets that outdoor learning needs to be well-organised and managed in line with what we know about the best practices of teaching and learning; but it also extends our understanding of what best practice actually consists of ... [This book] provides such a wealth of ideas that no-one could resist going outside and examining the children’s outdoor area with a critical eye! I recommend this book to all engaged in working and living with young children – parents, carers and teachers.' – Gifted Education International