Outdoor provision for babies and toddlers: Exploring the practice/policy/research nexus in English ECEC settings

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Josephidou, Jo, Kemp, Nicola and Durrant, Ian 2021. Outdoor provision for babies and toddlers: Exploring the practice/policy/research nexus in English ECEC settings. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 29 (6). https://doi.org/10.1080/1350293x.2021.1985555
AuthorsJosephidou, Jo, Kemp, Nicola and Durrant, Ian
Abstract

A wealth of research evidences the positive impact of the outdoors for young children. Yet there is little relating to the experiences of babies and toddlers who attend daycare settings. This paper offers new knowledge about outdoor provision for under twos in the English context where there is a lack of explicit policy support for outdoor practice. Findings, captured through an online survey from Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) settings in one geographically diverse county, reveal a generally positive picture. This suggests that practice is ahead of research. However, the survey also highlights significant variability in outdoor provision. We suggest that, in the absence of a strong policy driver ECEC settings may be inadvertently laying the foundations for inequality of access to the outdoors. Furthermore, a lack of research evidence to inform practice may be contributing to an underdevelopment of the pedagogic value of outdoor environments.

KeywordsDevelopmental and Educational Psychology; Education
Year2021
JournalEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Journal citation29 (6)
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1350-293X
1752-1807
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1350293x.2021.1985555
Official URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1350293X.2021.1985555
FunderFroebel Trust
Publication dates
Print20 Dec 2021
Online06 Oct 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted06 May 2021
Deposited23 Sep 2021
Output statusPublished
Page range1-17
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