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Environments for Outdoor Play
A Practical Guide to Making Space for Children


April 2007 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Recommending solid ideas for developing play environments that meet children's needs, chapters discuss frameworks for designing play environments, case studies offering examples of how play environments can be developed, ideas and activities, research evidence pointing toward the importance of good play environments, and more." 

                                                                                                  —MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

This book provides readers with ideas for developing play environments that will meet the needs of the children in their care. The author illustrates how improving the play environment offers positive ways for dealing issues ranging from inclusion to playground management and the need to promote physical activity.

This resource includes:

  • Clear frameworks for designing play environments
  • Case studies showing examples of how play environments can be developed
  • Ideas and activities for developing designs with children's participation
  • Illustrations, photographs, and practical examples 
  • Research supporting the importance of good play environments

Ideal for practitioners and managers in all early years and for students in education, early childhood, child care and playwork courses, this handbook is also relevant to playground designers, landscape architects and community education and development workers.


 
Introduction
 
1. Children's Need For Space To Play
 
2. Key Stages in Developing the Play Space
 
3. Features of Enriching, Inclusive Play Settings
 
4. Inspiration
 
5. Involvement And Collaboration
 
6. Bringing It All Together
 
7. Outcomes For Children And Settings
 
8. Trouble Shooting and Sources of Advice

This was reccommended to both students and Bath library.
With in the childcare course there is a few units on play and how to provide the 4 play spaces and this book gives great evidence.

Miss Naomi Whale
childcare, City of Bath College
January 9, 2013

We currently only have first year students on the course and the text does not fit with any first year modules. However, the text may be adopted later on for a second year module on physical play.

Mr David Stonehouse
Faculty Of Health, Edge Hill University
September 29, 2010

This text complements the focus on developng outdoor learning in this module

Ms Jane Murray
School of Education, Northampton University
July 27, 2010
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 (1mb)