The Outdoor Audit
The Outdoor Audit has been produced in conjunction with the Bristol Standard. It is designed to help you reflect on all aspects of your outdoor provision and to plan for improvements. The inspiring photos taken in Bristol settings will give you ideas and there are useful contacts in the back of the booklet.
Access to the online audit is available free to Bristol settings and a password can be obtained from your Foundation Years Consultant. If you are outside Bristol and would like to use the audit there is a charge of £25. Contact Nicky Bale for details:
Bristol Childminder's Forest School
Bristol childminder, Millie Colwey has shared her experiences of forest school leader training, which she completed with the support of Redcliffe Nursery and Children's Centre and the Forest School Learning Initiative.
Photographs copyright Millie Colwey
Outdoors Play and Learning
Photograph copyright Millie Colwey
Outdoor Play is an important part of early years’ work with children. There are many benefits for children in spending time outdoors, including physical development and a sense of emotional and cognitive well-being. Outdoors is where children will experience a sense of freedom, engage with the changing seasons and nature, and develop friendships. For some children, outdoors is where they prefer to be and find it easier to communicate. There is a growing body of research to suggest that children are spending less time outdoors compared to previous generations which makes it even more important for us to provide quality environments and experiences for them in our own outdoor environments and the wider community. This section of the website will look at current articles and debates on outdoor play and include inspiring case studies.
Narroways Forest School, St Werburgh's Park Nursery School
Click above to read Jay's article on his Forest School experience. Copyright Jay Ramsay
Woodland House Nursery Beach School
We have been given kind permission by Nursery World to share this article about the Woodland House Beach School. It is an inspirational read and illustrates the value of different types of outdoor play to children (and staff!) in Early Years settings.
Woodland House Nursery Beach School article.
Published by Nursery World
Risk and outdoors play
Risk assessment can be a huge concern for early years practitioners, but depriving children of opportunities to take control over aspects of their lives can only adversely affect their development. To read Jay Ramsay's thoughts on risk, please click here (copyright Jay Ramsay), or go to an article published in Nursery World which tackles this thorny issue.