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Young children, the outdoors and nature
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1 Peek-a-boo! Where are you?

One of the things Kemp and Josephidou found out, when they considered international research, was that it was really hard to find any babies. They read lots of research reports that promised them they would find out about babies in practice but in reality these reports talked about children who were walking, climbing, jumping and running. They couldn’t find any research at all that told them what babies were doing outside. When they went to visit some English early years settings they did see some babies outside but there were lots of differences in the provision they saw. For example, they saw babies who were left to sleep outside in their prams, they saw babies who were taken by pram to visit green spaces away from the setting, they saw babies kept in little pens on artificial grass so that they were safe from the more boisterous older children. They saw one nursery with a collection of yurts and the babies were free to crawl around outside wherever they wanted.

A child crawling up some stone steps.