EYFS currently stipulates that 'providers must provide access to an outdoor play area or, if that is not possible, ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis.
|Thursday 29th June 2017
||6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
|Leasowe Nursery School and Family Centre
A recent report by Learning through Landscapes and the Early Childhood Forum calls for Government and Ofsted to strengthen this statutory requirement. This research also found that many providers have inadequate or insufficient space to provide high-quality outdoor learning, and a small minority were not getting this entitlement at all.
This workshop explores the importance of outdoor play for young children and how it supports their overall development. It will support practitioners to make the very best of even the smallest of outdoor areas and will offer ideas for enhancing outdoor play areas in order to support development, foster exploration and the discovery of nature and the world around them. The workshop will also explore loose part play.
Course contents include:
- Benefits of the outdoor class room- Exploring how this supports the development of healthy, active life styles and a sense of wellbeing.
- Effective practice outdoors – how this environment provides opportunities to take risks, problem solve, nurtures their creativity, develops imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
- Looking at small outdoor spaces and how to use these effectively – ideas for creating purposeful areas in the outdoors.
- Using loose parts in the outdoor environment- looking at a world of “what if”.
- Discovering ways to use loose parts, how to manage this approach and how to get everyone on board.