Outdoor play experiences have a crucial role in young children’s learning and development and should be a daily part of their lives. Planning and facilitating rich play and learning opportunities outside can, however, be challenging, especially in difficult weather conditions. Outdoor Learning through the Seasons provides detailed guidance on how we can encourage young children to engage with the natural world throughout the year.
Using the four seasons as a framework, the book aims to help all adults to feel confident about taking children outside everyday and developing their awareness of the world around them. It suggests a wide range of experiences and looks at the various ways in which children can interact with the environment to further their learning and development. There are ideas to brighten grey winter days as well as summer sunshine, snow, wind and rain.
Including a full colour photo plate section to illustrate good practice, this practical book is essential reading for all those looking to provide rich and stimulating outdoor play provision for children in early years settings on a daily basis.
1. The Characteristics of Effective Learning; 2. Creating an enabling environment outdoors: design layout and planting; 3. Creating an enabling environment outdoors: Areas of Learning; 4. Working in Partnership with Parents; 5. Spring; 6. Summer; 7. Autumn; 8. Winter; 9. Earth; 10. Air; 11. Water; 12. Fire