|About the book|
"For all members of the Leave No Child Inside movement who are engaged with early childhood—as educators, child care providers, nature center staff, parents, landscape designers, or pediatricians—this book is an essential resource."
Louise Chawla, Children and Nature Network, USA
This book offers a clear rationale for why outdoor play is essential in young children's lives and learning. It asks fundamental questions about what sort of environments we want for young children, as well as examining controversial issues of risk and safety.
The author identifies key principles underpinning the design of challenging outdoor play environments and examines how children use and transform space to create their own imaginary worlds. The essential role of the adult in supporting and extending children's free play is examined and implications for practice identified.
This book makes an important contribution to current debates on risk, safety and challenge in outdoor environments for young children. It brings together research from a range of different disciplines, as well as illustrative examples of children's play and talk outdoors.
Playing Outdoors is inspiring reading for early childhood practitioners, students, play workers, parents, policy makers and all those seeking to develop challenging outdoor play areas.
|About the author|
Helen Tovey is Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the Froebel College, Roehampton University, London, UK. She has extensive experience of working with young children and developing outdoor play settings both as a nursery school teacher and head teacher. She has established an international reputation for her work on outdoor environments.
|Table of contents|
Why outdoor play?
Outdoor play: the presence of the past
Spaces and places for play
Gardens or forests?
Playing outdoors: risk and challenge
What do we mean by free play outdoors?
Roles, resources and relationships outdoors