We want you to be able to access a wide range of support so that you feel motivated, able and inspired to get children outside. Here's some things to consider:
Book a support visit
We work with staff to support them through the process of changing practice, increasing the quality and quantity of outdoor learning and play. It's a friendly and flexible service. Find out more here...
Developing your school grounds and outdoor space?
We can help you kickstart this process and more! Support from us can save you considerable sums of money as we know cost effective methods that truly involve and build upon the children's ideas and thoughts. Visit this page for more information...
Try Before You Buy Outdoor Clothing Boxes
We have put together several boxes of outdoor clothing for schools and nurseries to borrow for free for up to one month. Visit this page to find out more. At the moment this service is only available in NE Scotland. However, please get in touch if you would like to host such a scheme in your local area.
Outdoor learning research
If you need access to research snippets or information for course work, then this page is a useful starting point...
Have a look at HMIe reports from schools and early years settings where very good or excellent practice in outdoor learning and play has been observed. It will help you understand more about the inspection process and the expectations around quality provision.
Book lists and reviews
We have compiled lots of book lists and reviews on Amazon UK to help you choose books that are relevant and useful to your circumstances. Examples of lists include:
- Forest Schools and Nature Kindergartens
- Outdoor Learning Activities with Children
- Plants, Gardens and Schools
- Early Years and Outdoor Learning
- Rock on - Great Books about Rocks and Landscapes for Children
Our Facebook page provides links to blogs, news articles and other information that arises about learning and play outdoors. Best of all is our collection of photos. When you scroll over each photo, information appears including advice, costs, relevant weblinks, etc. So if you need to give an ugly fence a makeover or find some seating or look at different sorts of sandpits, then head on over...
You can also keep up-to-date with our activities via Twitter. Let us know what you are up to as well as we're always happy to retweet. We're particularly fond of the following hashtags: #playoutdoors, #learnoutdoors, #ece and #ukedchat.
We collect useful video clips about learning and playing outside. Outdoor schools in Norway, Forest Kindergarten in Scotland and playing with fire are just some of the clips we've gathered. Let us know if you make or find a gem of a relevant clip.