Jan White Natural Play

Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years

Contact Jan White

If you’d like to contact me, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Email – janwhite56@hotmail.co.uk

Phone – 07791 508 529

20 thoughts on “Contact Jan White

  1. Website looks very good, interesting stuff.

    Liz Knowles

  2. Hi Jan
    just discovered you! I’m a play landscape designer and keen to promote natural play, so was pleased to see your blog and will return for a further explore! I’ve just started to follow you. If you’re interested I’m a recent blogger and have started, among other topics, to post about play. I can be found at http://www.audaxdesign.co.uk best wishes

    • Hi Nigel, I took a quick peek at your site and will return to look properly soon – I love the making the garden film. When you go back to my site, take a look especially at the Landscapes for Early Childhood network I run – let me know if you’d like to participate in our network events and I’ll add you to the mailing list. Next meeting is in Gloucester on 23rd April and after that 8th Oct on Oxford (which will focus on gardening, plants and community gardens). I look forward to communicating with you! Jan

      • Hi Jan
        Thanks for the reply and for following my blog. I look forward to exchanging info and ideas with you and like-minded play enthusiasts! I’d like to join your network please so please keep me up to date and I’ll try to join in. Got your two next dates but can’t say yet if I can attend. i’ve doen two posts which i’m sending out next week on natural play- one cribbed from Martin Maudsley on tips for parents and another on natural play (I’ll put in a link to your ‘philosophy and approach’ page) and designed play spaces- would welcome your comments in due course. best wishes Nigel

  3. Hi Jan I’m sure you’ve read this one but just in case you haven’t – http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/

    Hope all is well and maybe we will catch up one day soon!
    regards Lisa World’s End

  4. Dear Jan,
    I am currently writing my 3rd year under graduate dissertation in the form of an action research project. I teach year 2 at a small independent school and have decided that we shouldn’t let the pre-schoolers have all the fun! I have set up a mud kitchen for use by Key stage 1 and 2 and I am currently enjoying gathering some very interesting information about its opportunities for the much needed development of creative thinking for our older chidren. There doesn’t seem to be much research beyond EYFS? World Mud day seems to involve whole communities which is amazing…. If you have any other info that you can recommend for use in my literature review I’d be grateful

    • Hi Heidi, it’s terrific that you are offering mud kitchen play to older children and also that you are researching the effects. It will do everything and be highly motivational – I’m quite confident (from my life of teaching in the outdoors) that the whole curriculum is accessible through this kind of play – but I’m not aware of any focused research. I’d like to put you in touch with my friend Menna Godfrey who has been awarded funding to do a PhD on mud kitchen play with CREC and Wolverhampton University – you could share literature findings. If you would email me (janwhite56@hotmail.co.uk) I can send it on to her – where are you? Have you looked at the references at the back on the Mud Kitchen booklet – that might give some starting points. I do think its important to explore the benefits of contact with soil too (immune system development, serotonin production etc). I would be really interested in your findings once you’ve written your dissertation. Have fun! Jan

  5. Hi Jan!
    It was great to meet you in Cardiff. I have just finished reading your excellent book and an planning to reference your ideas in my latest article on language development for EYE.
    I’m exploring the influence of outdoor play on language development.
    Very best wishes

    • Thanks Michael, it was great to have time to talk and debate. I look forward to reading what you have to say – my experience is that you find out much more about the child because they often talk more, and the outdoors provides so much motivation to talk. Jan

  6. Hi Jan

    I have recently read an article in nursery world about charactor building and the 7c’s and came across yr name. I work in a very busy day nursery and am interested in re-developing our large outdoor space. I look forward to maybe contacting you further on this.


    • Hi Jo, thanks for contacting me – and I’d be pleased to support you with the development of your outdoor space. The author of the Nursery World article, Julie Mountain, also offers this kind of support (we used to work together at Learning through Landscapes) through her CIC PlayLearningLife. I hope to hear from you sometime – please use my email address for any future contacts (janwhite56@hotmail.co.uk). Jan

  7. hi Jan!
    I m a preschool teacher working in buenos aires, Argentina . I am a firm believer that nature is the best inspiration for our young children learning process. I have always been! And now with this global and fascinating world is easier to share experiences.
    I would love to contact you and our children.
    Best regards
    Ps I have just started a wordpress blog, my user name is aditada

    • Hi Alejandra, how wonderful to know that my work has spread all the way to Argentina and that like-minded enthusiasts for children learning outdoors are not only everywhere, but able to connect with each other. Do let me know the name of your nursery or school and what you are calling your blog site. Our mud kitchen booklet is currently being translated (by someone in Chile) into Spanish, so perhaps you can help us to spread the word once it’s available on Muddy Faces’ website (as a free download) – watch out for it! Warm wishes, Jan

  8. Hi Jan, had a fantastic time on your Mud Kitchen course yesterday. Did a little more exploring into one of those ‘stone in the shoe’ ideas you left me with and found this -> The School With A Radical ‘No Rules’ Policy: http://youtu.be/qG2MhjBOSLQ 🙂 I suspect you have heard about it but just in case you haven’t…. 🙂

    Looks like I’m moving to Australia!

    • Hi Liz, I’m so pleased the training worked so well for you – and thanks for the link. I did know about the school in New Zealand, but hadn’t seen the film, so thanks for the link. Just my kind of place! I’m going to be in Auckland in March – maybe I could get to visit the school… Jan

  9. Hi Jan, just found your site whilst looking at articles about the Sandfield Natural Play Centre. I’m very interested to know how to involve children under 3 in playing in a natural environment. I’m currently in the process of buying a plot of land (just under an acre) on which I am having a day nursery built. I hope to have half an acre given over to a woodland garden (it’s just soil at the moment!) in which children aged 3-5 can in engage in forest school activities (I have a level 4 trainer to do this) at least a day a week. I need help really in knowing how to design the “garden” (Realising of course that it will take around 10 years or so before it will be fully established) and also in a range of outdoor activities for 1-2 year olds that would help them connect with nature prior to engaging with FS activities at aged 3+. Can you recommend any publications or websites or people who may be able to help me with this large undertaking!


    • Hi Steve, this sounds like a great project. Where is your land and nursery? If you’re not too far from Sheffield, I could perhaps help in a consultancy capacity – I work on both design of outdoor environments and outdoor play for the youngest children. You should also think about the design of the building itself so that it maximises linkage with and the use of your outdoor spaces. Do get in touch by phone or email if you want to follow this up with me.

  10. What a fascinating area of research!
    Is it still possible to find a copy of, “Ways into Hinchingbrooke Country Park“??

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