PC07: Outdoor learning in early years

East Lothian Early Learning and Childcare Twilight Sessions 2017/18

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 5-7pm at Fenton Barns Nursery

Session PC07: Outdoor learning in early years

 A Twilight Session designed for practitioners working in Early Learning and Childcare in East Lothian as part of a series of twilight sessions to build our ambition to be reflective practitioners dedicated to delivering the highest quality early learning experiences. The sessions provide an ideal opportunity to develop a partnership network and to share practice.

Session overview:

We know what research has shown about outdoor learning leading to a range of benefits for children’s development and general wellbeing including better concentration, better communication skills, greater stamina, improved balance and coordination, increased confidence and appreciation and understanding of the outdoors.

When exploring and playing in the outdoors children often demonstrate a range of skills that we would not ordinarily see in such depth. Children are problem solvers and creative thinkers. They are also developing positive attitudes to learning shown through their increasing confidence to co-operate with peers and adults alike. (https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/ELC/elc11Learningoutdoorswithconfidence.pdf)

 Looking inwards:

To reflect on the quality of your outdoor environment and the range of the experiences you currently offer to children in the outdoors

To reflect on your understanding of the skills children develop through learning in the outdoors

Looking outwards:

Share in the journeys of different settings as they present how they have developed their quality outdoor learning environments and experiences

Experience firsthand different outdoor learning opportunities

Looking forwards:

What can I do? Thinking back over the presentations identify and start to plan a development you can take forward into your setting

PLEASE NOTE: This will be an outdoor based session so please wear suitable clothing and footwear

Session Tutors:

Sam Munro – Nursery Practitioner Fenton Barns Nursery

Louise Juhl and Wendy Hardie – Early Learning and Childcare Support Teachers

To book a place please email staff development quoting the reference number PC07. Please include your name, designation, organisation and contact email address.

Only 2 spaces per organisation.