Jan White Natural Play

Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years

All About the Outdoors

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An award winning series of 3 DVDs about play, learning & development outdoors for the under threes

(Nursery World Awards 2011, Staff Resources Winner)

 These three films look at the benefits of time spent outdoors, each focusing on a specific age group. Each concentrates on a year in children’s lives – 0 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months and 24 to 36 months. The films are divided into sections as children of gradually increasing ages are watched going about their work outside. The commentary explains what’s happening from the child’s point of view.

The films as a whole:-

  • Link theory with practice
  • Inspire and embed learning on key topics
  • Have versatile, short sections with clear summaries
  • Are a multi-layered resource for use at many levels
  • Encourage reflective practice
  • Can be watched with or without commentary
  • Are ideal for practicing observations

They include:

  • Learning & development from 0 – 3
  • Sensitive adult-child interactions 
  • Child led learning in action 
  • Rich & varied experiences
  • Diversity in environments, ethnicity & language

‘The three DVDs provide spectacular insights into the opportunities that the outdoor environment offers for children in their earliest years. At a time when budgets are restricted spending choices have to be made carefully. These high quality resources are a must for any trainer to purchase.’ – Marion Dowling, Author and Vice-President of Early Education

‘It is hard to overstate the benefits to children of being in outdoor spaces once one has seen these films.  They really demonstrate powerfully how natural environments and outdoor play areas in the nursery can fulfill all the child’s learning needs.  The adults they are with are skilled and knowledgeable and offer long periods of time and space to their babies, toddlers and two year olds.  Nature itself becomes the teacher.  The films are challenging and will allow adults to question their own practice.  The extremely comprehensive notes, by Jan White, give helpful prompt questions for developing practice.  I have used clips from these films on in-service training and would recommend them highly.’ – Marjorie Ouvry, Early Years Specialist and Author

Available to purchase from Siren Films [please use reference number JW2011] – http://www.sirenfilms.co.uk/products/dvd-sets/all-about-the-outdoors

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