Planning a stimulating outside learning environment
For play specialist Prue Walsh, effective outdoor play learning in early childhood is the key to later social, emotional and cognitive development. Providing the right kind of natural and stimulating spaces in which play can progress and develop in the early years is therefore essential.
Early Years Resources
Click on the images to download Jan Homden’s free PDFs for Fun with Water Part A & Part B.
Part A – Get on your rain gear and join Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk. Display ideas for your classroom and fiction/non-fiction books to share. Water play activities and simple experiments to encourage prediction, observation and language development.
Let the children play!
According to Early Years specialist Fiona Zinn, “Never before have we known as much as we do now about the way the young brain develops and the significant role of play in this process”. Why, then, is time given to play under such pressure in the Early Years curriculum?
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by Sally Flint, illustrated by NokIsme. Review by Jan Homden
What is the family to do? It is a Saturday morning and the wi-fi is broken. Everyone is distraught except the cat and Grandpa William who saves the day by suggesting that today they do things a little bit differently.
Jan Homden reviews the 2016 edition of Prue Walsh’s innovative and influential book which provides a wealth of ideas for the creation of an inspirational outdoor leaning environment and remains as relevant today as it was when it was fist published.
Positive Ways to Support Settling-in for The Early Years
For many practitioners and families this is a time of change and transition. Some children may be returning after the summer break, but many will be starting their very first day in your setting. Anni McTavish offers helpful ideas to support parents and practitioners.
A resource for Early Years
Click on the ladybirds below to download a free PDF for Part A and Part B
Part A – Where to look for Minibeasts; Minibeasts and EYFS Learning Goals; Visits and Trips; Role Play; Beasties in the Activity Tray and free downloadable Minibeast Resources to complement classroom spaces indoors and out – just a click away.
Resources for the Early Years
‘Arrr . . . . Arrr . . . . Me Hearties!’ A fun topic to end the year.
In Part A, role play pirate ships and ideas for dress-ups. Add to that, treasure maps, pirate flags and a Ship’s Log Book. Get started with sea shanties and you’re all ready to set sail!
Click on the pirate to download your free PDF
Early Years Resource
Click on the images to download your free PDF for Under the Sea Part A & B and The Rainbow Fish.
Under the Sea PART A
Create the wow factor at your classroom door! Take your children to Sea Life to introduce the topic and in the active world tray develop ideas based on a fishy theme. Play fishing games that have a maths/language focus plus explore on-line themed links that are just a click away.
A crucial age
In recent years, writes Janice Ireland, there has been a global movement towards improving the quality and provision of pre-school education. As a result, early childhood education is now viewed as a contributing factor to long-term social and economic gains.
Get Teddy Outdoors!
In the Northern hemisphere schools are almost halfway through the summer term and perhaps beginning to consider those jobs that will need attention during the weeks of the summer holiday. On your list you may be thinking about redesigning or upgrading your Early Years playground.
Or, you may just want to add something new to your current playground to excite the children as they enjoy the benefit of warmer weather and being outdoors more.
Jan Homden gives us a few ideas to consider in this free downloadable PDF.
Click on the image above to download the PDF
Setting up your own veterinary clinic in the classroom with free resources to download. Ideas for the writing table and great stories, songs and rhymes to develop the themes of caring and empathy.
Click on the image to download Part A of your free PDF
Based on Lauren Child’s wonderful picture book That Pesky Rat this PDF focuses on ideas to develop the children’s attitude and feelings through language and art & craft activities that complement the story.
Click on the image to download Part B of your free PDF
Play has been called the highest expression of human development and few would disagree that it is fundamentally important to a child’s learning and social and emotional wellbeing.
Prue Walsh has a wealth of experience designing outstanding outdoor play environments and here highlights some of the key aspects to consider when planning a play area.