The outdoor playspace naturally challenges perceptions about early childhood outdoor playspaces, and suggests ways to inspire change. It provides a foundation for creating natural, dynamic, and engaging playspaces, and fostering ongoing collaboration between children, parents and staff. This easy-to-read book guides early childhood practitioners, teachers and caregivers to encourage engagement with the outside world. Also includes inspiring photographs and case studies that emphasise the positives of well-designed outdoor playspaces. Topics covered include: Designing natural playspaces: Principles How do natural playspaces meet developmental needs and interests’ making natural playspaces more accessible to children with disabilities.
‘A useful reference book for all involved in early childhood education to refresh their ideas about what can be done and why it is important for children to dig in mud and get in touch with nature.’
Helen Inglis (Early Childhood Education Consultant and Practitioner)
‘It’s a must have for anyone thinking hard about their outdoor environments and making them learning places and ones children will never tire of.’
Judy Radich (Director Cooloon Children’s Service)