Planning trips out

This page brings together all the key project elements of thinking through a trip or a visit in one handy place, with downloadable resources for you to plan from, to help you audit your practice, and to write an action plan to develop your practice further. 

Where to go

If you are thinking about where you might take your children for a meaningful experience, use this example of a mapping activity  to identify where you might go that is age appropriate and where you can extend their learning.

As well as going out, you can look to bring the local environment in: here are our suggestions to enable this:

What you currently do

Auditing your current practice is important and is a key part of being a reflective practitioner. This audit will allow you to consider your areas of strengths and areas for development in the light of Understanding the World strand taken from Development Matters (2012).


Being prepared is key to success, especially when it comes to taking trips where there are lots of external factors that may come into play. Here are some resources to help with this so you can mitigate issues occurring:

What to do

If you are looking for a starting point for experiences relating to various places, we have created some suggestions for the museum, the canal, and the farm, and how you can make these happen – as well as blank possibility sheets for you to plan your own. Download these possibilities to develop in relation to your cohort of children’s experiences and interests:

We have created a possibility sheet for you to plan your own trips – with guidance for completion and a blank copy for your own planning:

When you come back

Why not continue to extend the learning by exploring what your children are interested in through the medium of a selection of appropriate texts: we have made some suggestions here but would welcome further books or resources that you have used effectively with your children.

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