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Young children, the outdoors and nature
Young children, the outdoors and nature

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3 Key messages

A child enjoying a swing.

The previous section considered what evidence research can offer about the benefits for young children of being outdoors and in nature. Research can also support an understanding of what is happening in practice internationally. Three key messages emerge from this kind of research:

  1. The outdoors can offer possibilities not found indoors.
  2. Knowledgeable adults are needed.
  3. The outdoors is a space for physical activity.