Babies and toddlers outdoors: a narrative review of the literature on provision for under twos in ECEC settings

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Kemp, N. and Josephidu, J. 2021. Babies and toddlers outdoors: a narrative review of the literature on provision for under twos in ECEC settings. Early Years: an International Journal of Research and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2021.1915962
AuthorsKemp, N. and Josephidu, J.
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This paper reports the findings of a narrative review of international research literature about babies’ and toddlers’ engagement with the outdoor environment whilst attending ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) settings. Based on the in-depth review of 21 papers, it identifies four dominant themes in the literature: the outdoors as a space to be physically active, the outdoors as a risky space, the challenge of creating an appropriate outdoor environment and the significance of the practitioner outdoors. The article argues that there is a need to re-conceive the ways in which the youngest children engage with the outdoors and to move beyond possible narratives of exclusion.

KeywordsBabies; Toddlers; Outdoors; Nature; Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)
Year2021
JournalEarly Years: an International Journal of Research and Development
PublisherTaylor and Francis Online
ISSN1469-8463
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2021.1915962
Official URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09575146.2021.1915962
FunderThe Froebel Trust
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Print28 May 2021
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Accepted08 Apr 2021
Deposited09 Jun 2021
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