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Forest School and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Forest School and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Second Edition

July 2013 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Outdoor learning continues to play an essential role in early years education, and this new edition of a bestselling book explores how the Forest School approach can be easily and effectively incorporated into early years practice.

Expanding on aspects of Forest School teaching, and drawing on new developments and policy changes within the field, this new edition also includes:

- a new chapter on working with parents

- greater coverage of the 0-2 age range

- new case studies to aid learning

- coverage of international approaches to Forest School

Yet again Sara Knight delivers an inspirational text for all those working in or studying early years education and care.

Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools For All and Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play (both published by SAGE).

Contextualising Forest School
What Makes a Forest School?
Exercise, Fresh Air and Learning
Working with Parents and Carers
Seeing the Links
Participating in Forest School
Getting the Forest School Ethos into Settings
Forest School with Other Groups and in Other Countries
Outcomes from Forest School Participation - Some Research
Appendix: Providers of Forest School Training
References and Bibliography

'Knight again offers a readily accessible publication style for forest preschool and school practitioners; she effectively weaves together case studies, practical insights and theory to create an engaging and informative reference. A new chapter highlights the importance of working with parents and carers and useful updates responding to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFSC) are included'
-Dr Sue Elliott, Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Education, School of Education, Australian Catholic University

Sara provides evidence-based research as well as practical ideas through case studies. The book also shares the importance of being respectful of the environment, about keeping ourselves safe and changing attitudes about outdoor play to make it a priority in the early childhood curriculum.

Ros Cornish
Lady Gowrie Tasmania
Early Childhood Australia

Essential reading for practitioners and students. Insightful and knowledgeable. A must on your classroom bookshelf

Mrs Helen Newman - B111
Education , Trowbridge College
June 9, 2016

This Text is informative and explores many of the key areas for learning within our module for developing a forest school.

Michelle Harris
Early Years, Gloucestershire College
April 17, 2015

This book supported a Y3 module and placement in a Forest school.

Miss Marilyn Kelly
Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
February 24, 2015

A readily accessible and evidence based publication is offered in response to the revised EYFS. Invaluable case studies support and give practical insight so that practitioners can engage creatively with their own practice. I particularly like the advice given about respecting the environment, keeping safe.
A good text to support the benefits of outdoor play practice. Essential reading.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
December 16, 2014

The first edition of this book (2009) was already on the module indicative reading list. For those students who choose to write their summative essay on the subject of forest school it is an essential text. The latest edition provides clear, current information both in terms of language used and structure. Students find it accessible and useful.

Mrs Debra Laxton
Childhood Studies Early Years, Chichester University
November 27, 2014

An easy reading book that captures the essence of the forest school philosophy.

Ms Juliet Radford Hayes
Health and Social Care, Coventry University College
November 21, 2014

A very interesting read, particularly useful to trainees working towards QTS status within the 3-7 age range.

Mrs Jacqueline Young
Department Of Education, Sussex University
November 3, 2014

Very useful book as a supplement to our outdoor learning session. Have recommended the book to interested students, and it is always on display during the taught session. Thank you.

Mrs Kenna Worthington
Dept of Early Childhood and Primary Ed, Institute of Education
November 3, 2014

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