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Playing Outdoors in the Early Years, 1st edition

  • Ros Garrick
Playing Outdoors in the Early Years

ISBN-13:  9781847065476


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A recent report has found that young children are not receiving the play-based education they are supposed to because of pressure on practitioners to prepare for more formal learning in later years. In this engaging and stimulating guide, Ros Garrick considers every aspect of outdoor play - from its rationale in early childhood education, to incorporating it successfully into the curriculum and assessing its wider implications for teaching and learning. This new edition has been brought up-to-date with recent national and international research, the Every Child Matters Agenda and the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. New case studies and examples of international practice are included, as well as a fully updated list of useful organizations and agencies.

Table of contents


1. A Rationale for Outdoor Play in Early Childhood Education and Care
Children's voices
Can you remember?
What are children's views?
Changing landscapes
Children's health
An environment for all kinds of learning
Gender issues

2. The Place of the Garden in the Historical Development of Early Childhood Education
Margaret McMillan
Susan Isaacs
The historical tradition of play

3. Perspectives on Young Children and Outdoor Play
The growing and maturing child
The pre-school child
The child explorer
An active partner in learning
Diverse childhoods
Geographical perspectives: wild places
Sociological perspectives: children's peer cultures
Playwork perspectives

4. Outdoor Play Decisions
Programme structure
Managing conflict
Unpredictable weather
All kinds of weather
Messy play
Listening to children
Health and Safety

5. Planning an Outdoor Curriculum in the Early Years
Curriculum frameworks internationally
The observation and planning cycle
Long term planning: designing the outdoor space
Defining spaces
Long term planning: areas of provision
Evaluating long term plans
Medium term planning for outdoor learning
Short term planning for outdoor learning
The adult role

6. Outdoor Learning in Early Years Curricula Internationally
The Villetta Pre-school in Reggio Emilia
Forest Schools
Growing Schools in England

7. Sources of advice, guidance and support


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Published by Continuum (December 18th 2009) - Copyright © 2009