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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 practical book helps the reader plan, design and manage the kinds of settings that afford children the opportunities to carry out the wide range of self-directed activities that are so important to their development. It’s ideal for community development workers, the organizers of after-school programs, children’s hospital staff and groups of caring parents' - Roger A. Hart, Director of the Children’s Environments Research Group, The Graduate School of the City University of New York


"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

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Midwest Book Review

This is a well set out book, it is very user friendly. It is full of good ideas and insights for learners.

Miss Rachel Bedlington
Care, Sport and Leisure, Tyne Metropolitan College
July 10, 2019

A good book that explain the outdoor play as a learning resource in EY.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
January 19, 2016

As we have focused on creativity and using a range of teaching strategies, this has proven to be a very helpful book to develop thoughts and ideas.

Ms Kate Glanville
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
June 25, 2015

The book is easily accessable for students and provides practical tips for using outdoor spaces with children. The layout and presentation of information makes it suitable for the use in an applied course in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Ms Silvia Gursinski
Department for Social Science, IT Sligo
May 23, 2015

During my sessions on outdoor learning I will refer to this text, especially for those trainees who have a specialism within the early years.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
May 6, 2015

Very user friendly and enjoyable with great examples and practical ideas

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute Of Education, Worcester Univ.
September 11, 2014

Given the need for a greater understanding in early education for planning for outdoor play in day care setting, this book is of interest to practitioners as well as those involved in Early Education training delivery.

Miss Kate Mc Auliffe
Childcare, Cork College of Commerce
May 28, 2014

During the module on Communication, Learning and Play, my first year B.Ed students have a session on planning outdoor play. This book will be recommended reading for that session.

Mr Ian Barrett
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
May 1, 2013

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