Following six children of gradually increasing ages we'll see that movement is still an intrinsic part of learning for this age group. As the children follow their interests we can see and hear them making new connections as they experiment and come up with new ideas. Outdoors they are clearly motivated to learn at a deep level.
During this year the children's language, imagination and social skills are really taking off. The film focuses on these developments as so much of their time outdoors is spent developing these skills in an environment that is full of possibilities.
The film is packed with fascinating examples of children's interactions with the environment, natural materials, other children and adults.
What becomes clear is that there is so much variety outdoors that each child can seek out the experiences that stimulates them most giving them a sense of wellbeing. Collectively, the six children highlight the behavioural and developmental characteristics of this age group.
The film is divided into six sections, which can be watched separately if needed.
- Tristan with mum - 2 years 4 months
- Skye at nursery - 2 years 6 months
- Sheja at nursery - 2 years 8 months
- Leila at nursery - 2 years 9 months
- Erin at nursery - 2 years 11 months
- Jordan at nursery - 3 years
Made in conjunction with Jan White an early years specialist. She has also written the accompanying notes (60 pages) which link developmental theory with practice and expand on information given in the film.
Links to EYFS principles:
- A unique child: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
- Positive Relationships: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
- Enabling Environments: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
- Learning & Development:4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Claire Jackson, Nursery manager, Broadfield Nursery.
We are just about to use them for staff training and some parent workshops. I have watched them and gone through the course material and think thery are fantastic.
Penny Lawrence, Research Project Officer, Faculty of Education, University of Winchester.
I loved the authenticity of it.
Marion Dowling, July 2011.
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.
Jennie Lindon - Two Year Old's Outdoors Review January 2011
The DVD really promotes the power of the outdoors and the learning potential for children of simple, natural materials.
Anne O'Connor reviews 'Two year Old's Outdoors'. January 2011
I like the way the film brings in so many different and important aspects in each sequence -it really hammers home the message that quality play covers so many different aspects of learning..
Marion Dowling reviews 'Two Year olds outdoors' January 2011
Two year olds can offer a challenge as they have moved on from being a toddler but are not yet understanding and behaving as nursery age children....
In a Nut Shell
Collections of natural objects offer children rich sensory experiences and are a great way to nourish their brains, says Anne O'Connor. Photographs courtesy of Siren Films