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The Open University

Young children, the outdoors and nature

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Do you have a professional or personal interest in learning opportunities for young children? Are you working with children or are you a parent or carer?This free course, Young children, the outdoors and nature, looks at the importance of babies and toddlers having opportunities to engage with rich outdoor environments. By completing the activities, you will be introduced to the benefits of outdoor engagement for babies and toddlers as well as a variety of practices and provision which will help you develop your own environments for young children.TranscriptThe development of this course has been supported by The Froebel Trust who have funded Dr Joanne Josephidou and Dr Nicola Kemp to carry out their research into babies’ and toddlers’ engagement with the outdoors. This course forms part of the Dangoor Education course collection, the educational arm of The Exilarch's Foundation.  Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they’re a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn statement of participation – which also displays your Open University badge.The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our start-of-course survey. Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our end-of-course survey. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others. This course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office. It can be used to provide evidence of continuing professional development and on successful completion of the course you will be awarded 24 CPD points. Evidence of your CPD achievement is provided on the free Statement of Participation awarded on completion.Anyone wishing to provide evidence of their enrolment on this course is able to do so by sharing their Activity Record on their OpenLearn Profile, which is available before completion of the course and earning of the Statement of Participation.


  • Session 1: Taken for granted practices with young children and the outdoors
  • Session 2: The missing babies
  • Session 3: Friedrich Froebel: a mover and shaker of his day
  • Session 4: Challenges, risks and opportunities
  • Session 5: Developing outdoor provision for babies and young children
  • Session 6: Being outdoors or being in nature
  • Session 7: Growing Up Green
  • Session 8: Moving forwards and answering the big questions


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