The overall purpose of this module is to identify and critically examine the relationship between the child, the outdoor environment, and the adult in childhood education and school aged care. The learner will evaluate their ability to lead outdoor provision within their setting. The immense benefits of outdoor play to children’s well-being will be examined, as well as the rationale for learning outdoors by focusing on main theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary and international models of outdoor learning. Students will draw on this theoretical framework to develop confidence and competence in designing outdoor learning spaces and in developing practices in line with national and international policies, guidelines, and curriculums.
Identify and critically examine the relationship between the child, the outdoor environment, and the adult in school age care.
Understand and articulate the benefits of outdoor learning on school age children with respect to their cognitive, affective, social and physical development.
Integrate outdoor learning with emergent preschool and primary school curriculums.
Articulate the theoretical and practical element of project-based learning.
Design and run a safe and appropriate outdoor learning session for children in school age care.