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

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2.1 Opportunities to move freely

Even very young children need opportunities to be able to move freely when outdoors, and for gross and fine motor skill development. Remember the discussion of ‘Container Syndrome’ in Session 1. This might mean providing rugs for babies to lie on outdoors and ensuring there is appropriate shade and/or shelter through trees or canopies. Logs provide an excellent structure for very young children to pull themselves up on, sit on or climb on. Figures 2 and 3 are taken from the outdoor area of an English setting and illustrate what such an environment might look like.

Two photographs of outdoor play areas.
Figures 2 and 3 An outdoor area of a setting