Regular and repeated access to outdoor play is hugely important for children’s development. This webinar (held on 13 June) discusses the research on the need for outdoor play with a particular focus on risky play and play in nature, as well as providing practical ideas and strategies for incorporating outdoor play into early childhood settings.
We are joined by Associate Professor Mariana Brussoni from the University of British Columbia, Canada, who is a developmental psychologist and expert on child injury prevention and outdoor risky play, parent and caregiver perceptions of risk, and the design of outdoor environments, and Professor Susan Herrington, University of British Columbia, a specialist in landscape architecture and environmental design who has led the development of the Seven Cs guidelines for young children’s outdoor play spaces.
To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article.
Topics discussed in this webinar
Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video
|1.12||The benefits of outdoor play for young children|
|2.42||Nature play and why it is important|
|5.23||Risky play and why it is important|
|8.45||The role of the teacher in children’s outdoor play|
|10.07||Successful outdoor play environments|
|11.44||Encouraging positive attitudes to risky play|
|14.44||Language to use with children during risky play|
|16.27||Risky play for toddlers|
|17.25||Outdoor play in wet weather|
|19.47||Promoting outdoor play with parents|
|22.58||Play equipment and materials to offer children|
|27.10||Designing outdoor play environments|
|35.34||Conclusions and take-home messages|
Questions for exploring the key ideas from this webinar
- What do you remember as favourite play activities or places from your childhood? What do you think made these so special?
- How might you offer the children in your care a similar range of memorable play experiences?
- What opportunities do children in your setting have for risky play? Can you provide an example for each of the eight types of risky play?
- In what ways could you increase the number of natural elements into your play space?
Our guide to the research on the importance of outdoor play
Ideas for how to support outdoor play
Our resource on how to use loose parts in children’s play spaces