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The Outdoor Teaching and Learning Environment in the Early Years: Intentional teaching & intentional learning

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person per course - see special discounts for multi-bookings
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About this event

15 three wheelers, a plastic climbing frame and two bored adults.
Outdoor learning doesn’t have to be like this!

This training will help you gain a greater understanding as to what the outdoor environment is all about, including what the adult should be doing, how the environment could be set up, the resources to provide and what is involved with the planning and assessment. 

Delegates will go away with:

• Confidence to provide quality outdoor education;
• Greater knowledge as to why children must play outside;
• Ideas for organising and managing so that outdoor learning happens - even in a small space and with limited resources;
• A Love of being outside;
• Appreciation that outdoors is as important as indoors;
• Research evidence to support the appropriate way of working outside;
• Evidence concerning child development and in particular, physical development and communication.

You will construct your own action plan to ensure the development of outdoor provision. We will also discuss parents, health & safety, the weather, free flow provision - in and out, the curriculum offer and how to marry the requirements of the outcomes for children with a playful approach to learning. 

Please come appropriately dressed for the weather as we will be going outside periodically throughout the day.

Trainer(s): Dr Helen Bilton

Dr Helen Bilton is Professor of Outdoor Learning at the University of Reading. She trained as an early years teacher and for the last 36 years has been researching, teaching and disseminating about the outdoor teaching and learning environment for young children.  She has a local, national and international reputation in this field and is widely published. Helen firmly believes in the holistic nature of education and that strong early years education is the foundation for future success.