Jan White Natural Play

Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years

Babies Outdoors: play, learning and development

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The outdoors is as valuable for babies as it is for older children and this film shows how the close adult can bring the outside world alive for them.

Babies are sensory motor learners and outside all their senses are stimulated by the rich source of sensory experiences. Their physical development is advanced because the rich and varied environment motivates them to move their bodies in many ways.

The film details development of vision, hearing and touch as well as physical development as the babies learn to reach, grasp, sit, crawl and in some cases walk. This is the brain building stuff. Alongside this we see attachments developing. It shows interactions with parents and key people in the nursery as they remain close for all important communication.

The commentary brings out developmental points about communication and emotional development as well as key stages in cognitive development such as object permanence. Complex theories like ‘joint attention’ are made clear as we see it in action.

The film is divided into nine sections, which can be watched separately if needed.

Miles with mum                               6 weeks
Bobby with mum                             3,5 & 7 months
Ko with mum                                   9 months
Lucas at nursery                              11 months
Dexter with mum & dad                  9,11 & 12 months
Made in conjunction with Jan White an early years outdoors specialist. She has also written the accompanying notes (58 pages) which link developmental theory with practice and expand on information given in the film.

53 mins

‘By filming babies from different nationalities and heritage, this DVD demonstrates the universal steps in child development and the common benefits to each baby of being outside and having close attachments. There is often little awareness of the value of an outside environment for young babies and how the close adult can bring the outside world alive. This DVD makes the case so well, simply by showing the possibilities of what can happen and as such it is an essential training resource. New parents will find these clips invaluable and students at all levels will enjoy the case studies and inevitably learn.’  – Marion Dowling, Author and Vice-President of Early Education

Available for purchase from Siren Films [please use reference number JW2011] – http://www.sirenfilms.co.uk/products/products/documentary-films/babies-outdoors

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