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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Outdoor Learning
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 40 Mins
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Qualified Educators


40 Mins


1 Files

Streaming Content

5 Videos


Step into the world of Outdoor Learning with Emily Macfarlane in this enriching class designed to educate and inspire the world of early years to get outside and embrace the great outdoors! Throughout the class, participants will explore the many benefits of outdoor experiences in early childhood education. Emily guides learners through the advantages of risky play from both cognitive and physical developmental perspectives, emphasising controlled risk-taking as a catalyst for essential skills and learning. The class further unravels the role of the great outdoors in nurturing self-regulation and providing a calming environment. Participants will gain insights into the incredible sensory experiences nature offers, promoting cognitive development and sensory integration. Finally, the class delves into how outdoor learning environments contribute to building resilience and independence in children, fostering confidence and self-reliance. This class is an opportunity to not only grasp theoretical concepts but also to gain practical strategies for implementing outdoor learning effectively in early childhood education settings. So why not join Emily on this transformative journey, unlocking the potential of the great outdoors for the benefit of young learners.

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Lesson Content

1. The Physical Health Benefits Of Getting Outdoors


Embark on a captivating lesson with Emily as your guide, exploring the profound effects of outdoor activities on children's physical health. In this session, Emily delves into the transformative impact of outdoor experiences, unveiling how fresh air, physical movement, and nature immersion contribute to the holistic well-being of young learners. Gain valuable insights into the specific ways outdoor activities enhance children's motor skills, coordination, and overall physical development. Join Emily on this enriching journey as she celebrates the outdoors as a vibrant classroom, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of health and well-being for our little ones.

2. Understanding 'Risky Play'


Join Emily in an enriching lesson as she guides you through the exploration of the benefits of risky play from both cognitive and physical development perspectives. In this session, Emily sheds light on the transformative power of controlled risk-taking, unraveling how it contributes to essential cognitive and physical skills in children. Delve into the world of calculated challenges and adventurous play, gaining insights into the development of problem-solving abilities, resilience, and fine motor skills. This class offers a unique opportunity to learn from Emily's expertise, providing a deeper understanding of how risky play shapes well-rounded and capable young learners.

3. Boosting Self-Regulation & Emotional Wellbeing By Getting Outdoors


Embark on a fascinating lesson with Emily as she uncovers the significant role the great outdoors plays in promoting self-regulation and calming in children. Guided by Emily's expertise, participants will explore the therapeutic impact of nature, discovering how outdoor environments provide a nurturing space for emotional regulation and stress reduction in young learners. Gain valuable insights into the ways nature contributes to a calming atmosphere, fostering essential self-regulation skills. Join Emily in this illuminating session to understand how the great outdoors becomes a powerful ally in cultivating emotional well-being and resilience in children.

4. Natures World Of Sensory Experiences


Dive into an immersive lesson led by Emily, where you'll explore the incredible sensory experiences that nature has to offer. Join Emily on a sensory adventure as she guides participants through the sights, sounds, and textures of the great outdoors. Discover how nature stimulates the senses, fostering cognitive development and sensory integration in children. This session, curated by Emily, provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the rich tapestry of sensory encounters that nature provides. Uncover the magic of the outdoors as a boundless playground for sensory exploration, and gain insights into how these experiences contribute to the holistic development of young minds.

5. Fostering Resilience Skills And Independence In Children


Embark on a transformative lesson with Emily, where she delves into the profound impact of getting outdoors on fostering resilience skills and independence in children. In this session, participants will explore Emily's insights on how outdoor experiences provide a natural setting for cultivating resilience and independence. Discover the empowering effects of overcoming challenges in the great outdoors, building confidence and self-reliance in young learners. Join Emily in unlocking the potential of outdoor adventures as a catalyst for shaping resilient, independent, and confident individuals. This class offers a unique opportunity to learn from Emily's expertise, providing practical strategies for integrating outdoor activities that nurture essential life skills in children.

Meet your teacher

Having worked in early years since the age of 16 early childhood learning means everything to me, which is why I'm so passionate about ensuring a platform dedicated to our communities learning exists. I've experienced first hand the lack of genuine and affordable learning opportunities that exist within early years and trying to provide my teams with high quality and flexible training on a non-existent budget is an impossible task. Its our mission to change this.

'A complete game changes for us.'

Having The Early Years Network at our fingertips has completely changed the way we develop our staff members. The platform allows me to inspire staff to follow their own individual passions through easy and accessible training.

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