3rd Edition

Playing and Learning Outdoors
The Practical Guide and Sourcebook for Excellence in Outdoor Provision and Practice with Young Children

ISBN 9781138599765
Published September 15, 2019 by Routledge
252 Pages 55 Color Illustrations

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Fully updated to reflect the current status and understandings regarding outdoor provision within early childhood education frameworks across the UK, this new edition shows early years practitioners how to get the very best from outdoor play and learning for the enjoyment, health and education of young children up to age seven.

This invaluable resource gives sound practical guidance for providing:

  • play with water, sand and other natural materials;

  • experiences with plants, growing and living things;

  • movement and physical play;

  • construction, imaginative and creative play; and

  • explorations into the locality and community just beyond your garden.

This full-colour third edition has been further developed to act as a comprehensive source book of relevant materials, books and resources supporting the core ingredients of high-quality outdoor provision, while each chapter also includes extensive collections of children’s picture books relating to the themes within each chapter.

Playing and Learning Outdoors has become the essential practical guide to excellence in outdoor provision and pedagogy for all early years services. This lively, inspiring and accessible book will help every educator to develop truly successful and satisfying approach to learning through play outdoors for every child.

Table of Contents

Dedication; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter One: Providing for play with water outdoors; Chapter Two: Providing natural materials outdoors; Chapter Three: Providing experiences of the living world outdoors; Chapter Four: Providing for movement and physical play outdoors; Chapter Five: Providing for imaginative, creative and expressive play outdoors; Chapter Six: Providing for construction and den play outdoors; Chapter Seven: Providing outdoor experiences beyond the garden; Index

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Jan White is a leading thinker and writer on outdoor play and advocate for high-quality outdoor provision for services for children from birth to seven. She is honorary Professor of Practice with the University of Wales Trinity St David and strategic director of Early Childhood Outdoors, the National Centre for Outdoor Play, Learning and Wellbeing.