Toddlers thrive outside. The special nature of the outdoors suits their interests down to the ground, yet for this age group the value of play is probably least understood.
This captivating footage shows clearly what's so special about the outdoors and why it's essential for toddlers. It also shows how and why adults are so vital to their experiences outside.
By following six one year olds as they play outside, this film illustrates the rich experiences that are important to them. It shows what toddlers want and need to do.
By getting to know each child we'll see what sort of things interest them most, and why. Through watching them we see what is going on for them physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively as links are made to child development for the second year of life.
What becomes evident is that they all broadly follow the same developmental trends but that each has his or her own particular schematic themes or patterns of action. It makes clear that movement and exploration is the focus for this year and that experiences develop both the brain and the body inseparably.
This film will make adults want to take toddlers outside as we see the children's delights and discoveries so obviously helping their well being, learning and development.
The film is divided into six sections, which can be watched separately if needed.
- Liam with mum-13 months
- Abolfazal at nursery -15 months
- Michael at nursery -15 months
- Yasmine at nursery -18 months
- Jaleel at nursery -20 months
- Daisy with auntie -22 months
The film has been made in conjunction with outdoors specialist Jan White. She has also written the accompanying notes (48 pages).
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
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 - Toddlers Outdoors January 2011
The filming really brings out the value of the outdoors for this age range. I like the mix of ages, showing an effective build up over the toddler year.
Marion Dowling Reviews 'Toddlers Outdoors' January 2011
This beautiful DVD shows six children in their second year of life enjoying playing outside and making new discoveries....
Marjorie Ouvry March 2010
I really am delighted with the 'Toddlers Outdoors' DVD and used extracts in a presentation at a conference yesterday. What really powerful images!
Nursery News May/June 2010
Jo Baranek, Childcare Quality Manager at NDNA reviews a DVD and resource booklet form Siren Films designed to help practitioners understand the importance of the outdoors
Early Years Update (Issue 77, April 2010)
TODDLERS OUTDOORS DVD and notes can be used for personal study, as part of a staff developmental programme or to share with parents to build their understanding of how very young children think and learn..
Barbara Isaacs, Academic Director at Montessori Centre International, June 2010
Once again Siren Films have produced a resource of high quality...
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