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Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years by Sarah Knight

Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

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Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years by Sarah Knight

Learning outside the classroom is an essential part of early years education, and this book looks at the opportunities the Forest School experience can offer young children for learning outdoors, and how this fits into the early years curriculum. By offering clear guidance on what the Forest School approach can achieve, the book shows you how to incorporate good practice into all outdoor play activities. Issues examined include: what is, and what isn't, a Forest School experience; how exercise, fresh air and learning outside help counter obesity; how Forest School can improve behaviour and social skills; accommodating different learning styles; and, examples of Forest School in practice. This is an inspirational read for anyone working in early years education, and for all those who care about the future of our young children and the world in which they are growing up.


'Sara Knight's book is useful for educators, researchers, and those with interest in establishing a forest kindergarten. The book is focused primarily on forest schools in the U.K., giving a historical overview of their migration to the country, their current structure in U.K. settings, and the research claims for this approach in improving physical and emotional well-being, addressing childhood obesity, and cultivating positive social behaviors. Knight gives context to these schools in the broader educational philosophies of Pestalozzi, Froebel and Steiner, as well as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Outdoor Adventure Education, and Te Whariki...While such research is valuable, the attempts made by Knight and her predecessors to combine qualitative and quantitative methods will deepen our understanding of forest kindergartens, especially if they are replicated in other similar settings' - Children, Youth and Environments Journal 'This book provides a valuable resource for anyone wanting to set up a Forest School or gain a deeper understanding on the practise it entails' - Katherine Milchem, Forest School Co-ordinator in South West London, Chair of the FEI London South West Cluster Group 'This is essential reading for students and practitioners in Early Childhood...If you want to know how to incorporate good practice into all of your outdoor play activities, the clear guidance in this book will not only help you in this but will provide you with an inspirational read' - Early Years Educator 'This book is highly recommended. Anyone intrigued by the idea of forest schools, or currently working in this way and interested in finding out more about what colleagues in other parts of the country are doing, will find this book invaluable' - Early Years Update 'This book is a very welcome addition to literature on outdoor learning in the early years. Sara Knight captures the essence and ethos of Forest School through a detailed consideration of case studies and research projects, and gives a succinct overview of the theoretical underpinnings and history of the movement in the UK. The book also provides useful practical guidance on participating in Forest School, and will be an inspiration to all those concerned with giving young children the opportunity to engage in natural outdoor spaces on a regular basis. Essential reading for both students and practitioners in early childhood!' - Tim Waller, Reader in Early Years Education, University of Wolverhampton'

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Publication date

9th April 2009


Sarah Knight

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SAGE Publications Ltd


144 pages


Pre-school & kindergarten



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