This is t a treatise to get children into the outdoors - that is ackwledged as read. This is a book which considers the following: (i) Different approaches educators can take to working with children in outdoor environments (ii) The benefits of each approach, favouring those which are more child-led. (iii) The book will examine how practice in the woodland can influence educators and how they can support children's learning outdoors and indoors. The book will bring new understandings to practice in the nursery garden or school grounds, and will include an evaluation of how practice at Reflections Nursery has changed and developed in this context.
Martin Pace has worked with children aged 3-4 years old in the Forest for four years and has visited nature schools in Denmark and in the UK. He is currently studying for an MA in Early Childhood Studies and has attended 8 study tours in Reggio Emilia. He has worked in nurseries for 20 years and has owned and operated Reflections Nursery & Forest School since 2006. The nursery was awarded Nursery World UK Nursery of the Year in 2009 and achieved 'Outstanding' at the last Ofsted in section in 2010. He has presented to early years educators about Forest Schools in 2010 and 2011 at Nursery World Conferences; and at Professional Development Workshops in the UK and Switzerland since 2010. He presented to 880 Montessorians at the MSA Conference in February 2013 on the subject of Children's Creativity, with reference to outdoor learning.