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Outdoors and Active: Resources from an action research project led by the London Borough of Newham


This book provides resources from the Outdoors and Active project – an action research project led by the London Borough of Newham which took practitioners from nurseries, schools, PVI settings and children’s centres on an eight-month long exploration of movement in 2- and 3-year-olds, which generated intriguing discoveries and practical, realistic changes to routines, resources and risk taking.

Motivated by the shocking and seemingly inexorable increase in obesity in children, and a corresponding decrease in physical activity, Newham Early Years team decided to tackle the problem head-on with a demonstration project involving 20 practitioners in exploring what high-quality physicality is, how to plan for it, what kind of outdoor places and resources support it, and how to encourage parents and carers to be more active and more playful with their children.

Using Jan White’s book Every Child A Mover as a source text, a thought-provoking and pragmatic programme emerged, consisting of practical workshops, visits to one another’s settings and to local parks and a 20-week, peer supported action research assignment  The book of Outdoors and Active shares the programme outcomes, providing simple, cost-effective ways of maximising opportunities to get children outdoors and physically active every day.

Outdoors and Active was the joint winner in the Health and Wellbeing Award category at the Nursery World Awards 2017. 

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