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

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6 Summary of Session 4

As you come to the end of Session 4, it’s a good time to reflect on what you’ve learned about the barriers and risks to outdoor practices with babies and toddlers. Some of these challenges are around areas like maintaining children’s routines and navigating the setting’s layout. Others are around areas that may pose a risk to children like the weather or the outdoor space.

You should now be able to:

  • identify the challenges when considering opportunities for babies and toddlers to engage with the outdoors
  • outline risks such as problematic weather and health and safety issues
  • describe some of the ways to overcome those challenges and risks.

You are now halfway through the course. The Open University would really appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future improvement in our optional end-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , which you will also have an opportunity to complete at the end of Session 8. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

In the next session, you will move on to thinking about how outdoor provision for babies and toddlers can be developed, by considering the provision, people and places that you provide.

You can now go to Session 5.