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Risk & Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play: Learning from Forest Schools [Paperback]

Sara Knight
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18 Mar 2011 1849206309 978-1849206303
Do you want to create exciting outdoor experiences for children? Are you looking for guidance on how to incorporate the wilder and riskier elements of outdoor play into your planning?

This book will give you the confidence to offer the children in your setting adventurous and challenging outdoor activities, as well as ways to utilise natural resources to their best advantage. There is clear, practical advice on what you need to do, which is underpinned by the theory that supports the benefits of this approach. Examples from settings are included, to illustrate best practice and to show how things can be achieved.

Issues considered include:

- being outside in 'bad' weather

- the importance of risk-taking

- the benefits of rough and tumble play

- observing and assessing children in this mode

- how these experiences improve children's learning

- explaining activities to parents, colleagues and managers

- ensuring health and safety requirements are met

- the role of the adult in facilitating these experiences.

Suitable for all students and practitioners working with young children from Birth to 8 , this book will not only give you ideas for outdoor play but also help you understand exactly what you are doing, why it is educationally sound and developmentally important for children, and where it connects with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England, the Foundation Phase (FP) in Wales and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.

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 and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (18 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849206309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849206303
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Sara Knight is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, a Forest School level 3 practitioner, and a founder committee member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Forest School Special Interest Group. Trained as a drama teacher but with gardening grandparents, Sara has found working with children in the early years an excellent way to combine creativity with a love of the outdoors. Sara ran her own nursery class, then worked in a Special School before moving into the FE and HE sectors. Alongside this, she worked with the Green Light Trust in Suffolk, latterly launching Forest School across the eastern region, running her own Forest School sessions and being involved with training. In 2009 she published "Forest Schools and Outdoor Play in the Early Years", and recently publish "Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play: learning from Forest School".

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'the book has considerable strengths as a resource for Early Years practitioners, and the staff of a setting could well use it to support the systematic development of their outdoor provision, discussing and using the activities and points for practice incorporated into each chapter'
- Valerie Huggins, Early Years

'Chapter 8 of this book is one of the most sensible pieces of writing I have read on risk assessment. Very well balanced, clear and concise advice when weighing up the benefits of learning with risk factors involved...The practical advice in this excellent book is underpinned by the latest theory that supports its use, and is further backed by real-life examples. With a further book on Forest Schools in the pipeline, the author is leading by example in the drive to get children and practitioners outdoors, enjoying the many benefits that nature brings' -
Early Years Educator

'I cannot imagine an author more qualified to write about outdoor play in the

early years...a clearly-written, well-structured book that is full of useful suggestions for activities, implications for practice, and sources for further reading. It is recommended in particular to practicing early years educators who would like to –

as the back cover implores us –“incorporate the wilder and riskier elements of outdoor play into their planning”'
-Educational Review

About the Author

Sara Knight is the course group leader for work-centred learning in the Department of Education at Anglia Ruskin University.  As such, she oversees the undergraduate degrees awarded to all sectors of the Children’s Workforce.  A former nursery teacher in main stream and special education, she contributed to the development Forest School as an early years intervention across the UK.  She  has published several papers and three text books on this subject, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences in the UK, Europe and Canada.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 21 Sep 2013
By Elaine
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Very informative. This book will prove very useful in the near future as I am hoping to work with children in an outdoor environment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 10 Sep 2013
By eve
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what a brilliant book, a must for any forest school leaders, full of great idea's and useful information, a great second book by sarah Knight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teachers Aid 29 May 2013
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This is an excellent book re outdoor pursuits for any training Teacher and is studying Sports etc. My son has benefited greatly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Risk & Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play 4 Feb 2012
By Jack
An excellent book for anyone working with young children outdoors. Lots of ideas and useful tips. Well worth evey penny.
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