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Tree climbing

A group of three and four year olds are playing on the fallen tree in the nursery garden. The practitioner supports them to manage a difficult and risky task.

Good for looking at

  • Learning outdoors
  • Physical development
  • Physical play
  • Gross motor development
  • Risky play
  • Effective adult support
  • Effective outdoor provision


  • What cues can you see that show what the children are interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How are the children learning?
  • Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the children’s learning?
  • How do the environment support the children’s learning?