Playing and Learning Outdoors: The practical guide and sourcebook for excellence in outdoor provision and practice with young children, 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Playing and Learning Outdoors

The practical guide and sourcebook for excellence in outdoor provision and practice with young children, 3rd Edition

By Jan White


248 pages | 55 Color Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138599765
pub: 2019-08-23
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Hardback: 9781138599758
pub: 2019-08-23
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Playing and Learning Outdoors 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. Fully updated to reflect the current status and understandings regarding outdoor provision within early childhood education frameworks across the UK, this new edition facilitates the development of rich and stimulating outdoor play provision in any early years setting. Through making best use of the special nature of being outside, practitioners will feel confident in offering wonderful play experiences for all children.

Playing and Learning Outdoors offers achievable advice and support, aligned with research-based approaches that are appropriate and effective for young children’s all-round wellbeing and development. 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;
  • explorations into the locality and community just beyond your garden.

The full colour third edition of 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 a 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

About the Author

Jan White is an 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten