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Enriching Learning Opportunities Outdoors

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Episode 1: Outdoor play through the seasons with Sue Asquith

Reading Time: 2 minutes

In our first ever TTS Talking Early Years podcast episode, Alistair Bryce-Clegg, and International Educational Consultant, Sue Asquith, discuss the importance of children having access to quality outdoor learning experiences all year round (no matter the weather!). Sue shares practical guidance on achieving consistency and accessibility in outdoor play through all seasons and the more challenging weather days. 

The first episode delves into the importance of the outdoors being part of a child’s everyday continuous provision and how to plan appropriately and effectively for seasonal activities.

Leading with the children’s interests

Sue encourages listeners to think about the intention of the outdoor learning experience and how the outdoors can be seen as a complimentary addition to the learning that takes place indoors. This might be based on the child’s age, topical trends, and, most importantly, the child’s genuine interests at that time. For example, children might want to explore, experiment, and innovate through messy play activities or transport and sort using crates, pots, scoops and natural resources from the outdoors.

young chid mixing in an outdoor mud kitchen

Sue advocates that the various seasons throughout the year allow educators to adapt the activities and create exciting new learning experiences. 

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