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

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2 What do I need here?

In Session 2, you were introduced to the idea that the outdoors can often be viewed as a specific space for physical development. The argument was made that, although physical activity is very important, ‘all children need to have opportunities to “just be” outside no matter what their age’. It can be helpful to think about the ways in which the youngest children might ‘just be’ when they are outdoors, to better understand the types of environment that can support their learning and development needs. Most simply this idea can be considered in terms of opportunities for:

  • moving freely
  • sensory engagement
  • sleeping, resting and being quiet.
Three cartoons with the text Moving freely, Sensory engagement and Sleeping, resting and being quiet.