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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:

nicky.bale@bristol.gov.uk

0117 9031270

When you have been provided with the access password you may go to the Outdoor Audit here.

 

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

Download the full article here.

Forest school Bristol Childminders
Forest school Bristol Childminders
Forest school Bristol Childminders
Forest school Bristol Childminders

 























































Photographs copyright Millie Colwey





 

Outdoors Play and Learning 

Outdoors play in Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

READ THE RSPB EVERY CHILD OUTDOORS PUBLICATION

READ 'NATURAL CHILDHOOD' BY STEPHEN MOSS AT THE NATIONAL TRUST

 Narroways Forest School, St Werburgh's Park Nursery School

Introduction to outdoors play articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above to read Jay's article on his Forest School experience.  Copyright Jay Ramsay

 Woodland House Nursery Beach School

Children exploring on the beach

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.

 

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