Outdoor Play

Inspiring Outdoors

Outdoor Play is increasingly being recognized as vital to young childrens all round health and development.

This section of our website provides a range of on line materials, presentations, links and articles that support early years educators share and increase their knowledge and skills relevant to the provision of rich outdoor play experiences all year round.

Outdoor Provision All Year Round Webinar First broadcast  13th  October 2020

This webinar shares information, ideas, and experiences from a range of Irish settings in relation to their outdoor experiences since their recent re opening from lockdown. The webinar presents images and stories of adaptations to environments, routines, and materials that offer children quality experiences and extends the outdoor time available to them. Why not have a look and see how simple yet effective adaptations can transform the way you can operate outdoors.

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Webinar 2: Carol Duffy, Early Childhood Ireland
Webinar 5:  Outdoors – Sensory Motor Development
Outdoor all year around webinar – 1
  • 29 September 2020

In episode one Outdoors – A Deeper AppreciationCarol Duffy, Early Childhood Specialist shares her thoughts on the value and importance of outdoor play for children. Carol is passionate about play and the outdoors and in raising awareness of the benefits of both for all children.
So, sit back and relax, or pop in the earphones as you head for a walk and have a listen.

Outdoor play during COVID-19 – Outdoors Embracing Change

We are delighted to launch the first in a series of three videos called Outdoor Play during COVID-19. This series will give you an insight into some quality outdoor early childhood practice in Ireland. Since the beginning of COVID-19 in March 2020, Early Childhood Ireland members have transformed their environments and their practice.

The outdoors has been one area that has really excelled in quality, bringing positive attitudes and approaches to care and education. This series of videos will highlight some transformations in settings as they embrace the great outdoors!

Watch the first video below:

Outdoor play during COVID-19 - Video 2

This second in the series of three videos will give you an insight into some quality outdoor early childhood practice across Ireland. While developing emergent interests with children we often think ‘what can we bring to our environment to provoke and enhance this interest’. However, the value of the ‘beyond’ while developing on interests offers children a world of stimulating possibilities.

We believe there are invaluable learning and play opportunities inside, outside, and beyond. We would like to thank Beverton Preschool, Co Dublin for their images and insights, providing examples of how they implement opportunities beyond the setting.

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Outdoor play during COVID-19: Video 3

Early Childhood Ireland would like to welcome you to the final in a series of 3 videos that will give you an insight into some quality outdoor Early Childhood practice across Ireland. Since COVID-19 began, we have seen many changes. This video will take a look at the use of provocations in outdoor learning and play environments. We would like to sincerely thank Early Childhood Ireland members, Corrig Kids, Playmates Montessori, Carraig Briste & Killegney and Creative Kids & Co. for their images and insights, providing examples of their practice to afford outdoor play opportunities for children in their settings.

We believe there are invaluable learning and play opportunities inside, outside, and beyond. We would like to thank Beverton Preschool, Co Dublin for their images and insights, providing examples of how they implement opportunities beyond the setting.

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