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Every Child a Mover: Outdoor play to support wellbeing and learning


16/03/2018 09:30






Early childhood education and care

About this event

Young children need active lives from birth. We increasingly understand how the body and brain develop together, reinforcing the importance of putting physical development at the heart of early childhood education. National concerns about lifestyles, health and childhood obesity have also put the spotlight on this vital issue.

In this seminar, award-winning author, Jan White, will inspire and support practitioners to develop their knowledge and practice to better enable children’s all-round physical development.

Key learning:

  •  Greater awareness of the role of movement and physicality in children’s lives, wellbeing, health, development and learning;
  •  Understanding of the critical movement experiences young children need for full development;
  •  Commitment to increasing movement and physicality in all aspects of care/education and life at home;
  •  Ideas for creating a stimulating, active and movement-rich outdoor environment that provides children with the developmental opportunities they need.

Who should attend

This seminar will be of interest to all teachers and practitioners working with children from birth to seven; including leaders & managers, advisers, Further/Higher Education lecturers, and those working with parents of children in this age range.

Facilitator bio

Working across the UK and internationally, Jan White is a leading thinker and writer on outdoor play and advocate for high quality outdoor provision for services for children from birth to seven. With over thirty years’ experience in education, she has developed a deep commitment to the consistently powerful effect of the outdoors on young children. She is currently an Early Education Associate, adviser for several landscape and equipment companies, convenor of the Landscapes for Early Childhood national network, and has been an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City Universities. She provides training courses, conference keynotes and consultancy for a wide range of early years settings.

Jan is award-winning author of Playing and Learning Outdoors: making provision for high quality experiences in the outdoor environment with children 3-7 (Routledge, 2nd edition 2014), Making a Mud Kitchen (Muddy Faces 2012), and Every Child a Mover (Early Education 2015). She is also editor of Outdoor Provision in the Early Years (Sage, 2011), and collaborated with Siren Films to make the award-winning training DVDs, Babies Outdoors, Toddlers Outdoors and Two Year-olds Outdoors (Siren Films, 2011).

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