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Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years


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Contextualising Forest School What Makes a Forest School? Exercise, Fresh Air and Learning Working with Parents and Carers Seeing the Links Participating in Forest School Getting the Forest School Ethos into Settings Forest School with Other Groups and in Other Countries Outcomes from Forest School Participation - Some Research Appendix: Providers of Forest School Training Glossary References and Bibliography Index

About the Author

Sara Knight is a teacher and Forest School leader. She contributes to the development Forest School in the UK, publishing academic papers and books on the subject, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. Since retiring as a University lecturer she continues to play in the woods and write about it. Sara Knight will be discussing key ideas from Forest School in Practice in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.


'Knight again offers a readily accessible publication style for forest preschool and school practitioners; she effectively weaves together case studies, practical insights and theory to create an engaging and informative reference. A new chapter highlights the importance of working with parents and carers and useful updates responding to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFSC) are included'
-Dr Sue Elliott, Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Education, School of Education, Australian Catholic University

Sara provides evidence-based research as well as practical ideas through case studies. The book also shares the importance of being respectful of the environment, about keeping ourselves safe and changing attitudes about outdoor play to make it a priority in the early childhood curriculum. -- Ros Cornish * Early Childhood Australia *

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