Jan White, Suzanne Scott, Ann Thompson, Menna Godfrey
Masterclass Room B | 09.15-12.15
OUTDOOR PLAY AND LEARNING: WIDENING THE POTENTIAL
Our understanding of play outdoors – and its importance – is continuing to develop, as is its scope. Growing focus on our place in the natural world, as well as our role in achieving sustainable development, therapeutic use of movement and nature, and increasing awareness of the power of loose parts are all areas where practice outdoors is now pushing at the boundaries.
Whatever the horizons of our outdoor pedagogy, ‘best practice’ rests with core features from resources and storage to practitioner attitudes and parental engagement.
In this masterclass, we show how all early years settings – however urban their environment or small their outdoor space – can broaden their perspective on outdoor learning and improve their support of young children through a 12-point framework for Unlocking Learning Outdoors, developed by outdoor play specialist Jan White.
See individual masterclass session details below:
9.15-9.30 Coffee and welcome
9.30-10.00 Unlocking Learning Outdoors: pushing the boundaries
In this opening session, Jan will:
Jan White, author and consultant in outdoor play and learning
10.00-11.00 Keys to success: getting outside and the outdoor space
Take a closer look at six of the ‘keys’ within the framework and see how some are implemented at a multi award-winning, and highly child-led and mud-oriented, preschool playgroup:
Jan White, author and consultant in outdoor play and learning with Menna Godfrey, owner of Quackers, York, whose awards include NW Pre-school of the Year, Enabling Environments and Team Development 2016
11.00-11.15 Coffee break: your chance to network
11.15-12.15 Keys to success: providing experiences and supporting play and learning
Take a closer look at the remaining six of the ‘keys’ within the framework and see how some of them are implemented within a multi award-winning day nursery’s challenging and inspirational outdoor environment:
Jan White, author and consultant in outdoor play and learning, with Suzanne Scott, owner-manager and Ann Thompson, teacher and early years consultant, Sandfield Natural Play Centre, Knowsley, whose awards include NDNA Nursery of the Year 2011 and NMT Individual Nursery of the Year 2016
Full rate for attending 9.30-12.30 masterclass: £150 (+VAT) / Early bird rate £125 (+VAT) for bookings made by 29th March