How to use this exemplar to improve practice
This article along with reflective questions invite you to consider the quality of children’s learning when outdoors. You may also wish to use our
Forest Kindergarten training video and professional learning resource which are also available to offer you further learning.
You are invited to read the article and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:
- What are the similarities and differences at your setting between children’s experiences outdoors and indoors?
- When outdoors, what skills do children have the opportunity to a. practise; and, b. develop?
- To what extent are children’s experiences and learning outdoors made visible to them in their record of achievement?
- How confident are you that parents understand the value of high quality outdoor learning? Is there more that you could to improve their understanding?
Building the Ambition – National Practice Guidance for Early Learning and Childcare to help with your considerations.
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What was done?
The following article was originally published in Early Years Matters. It describes outdoor learning experiences at Newmains Family Learning Centre.
PDF file: Learning outdoors with confidence (74 Kb)
What brought about the change?
Staff recognised that when outdoors, children were demonstrating and practising different skills to those they demonstrated indoors. Staff were keen to understand and improve this further and to consider how learning might be offered to children in a different environment, beyond the boundary of their own setting.
Staff had some awareness of the Forest Kindergarten approach and wanted to explore this further in their own context.
What was the impact?
Through being challenged to create and decide their own learning when at the woodland, children demonstrated important skills for learning and life. Children confidently assessed risk and challenged themselves to try new things. Children played in new social groups and many made new friends.
Parents and carers involved in the learning now have a greater understanding of the benefits outdoor play and of the Forest Kindergarten approach.
Forest Kindergarten training video and professional learning resource.