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Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking

Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking

Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking

Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking

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An early childhood undergraduate text explaining the importance of outdoor play in the early years.

This book brings together renowned authors, with research and professional experience in a range of disciplines, to provide a comprehensive guide to developing positive and engaging outdoor learning environments in the early years. Part 1 looks at pedagogy and outdoor environments, and considers the value of risk-taking and developing a young child's appreciation of the natural world. Part 2 examines the key principles involved in the design and planning of these spaces, such as applying the relevant equipment standards and regulations. Part 3 explores how educators can develop an understanding of children's own perspectives on outdoor spaces, including promoting agency and recognising the importance of private playspaces. Part 4 examines different cultural perspectives on outdoor play, including Indigenous approaches, while Part 5 considers the range of experiences possible beyond purposefully-designed spaces, from visiting nature reserves to exploring urban environments.

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outdoor play, early years, preschool, outdoor spaces, early childhood