Outdoor Play


This short course, aimed at those working with children and young people, explores play and learning opportunities that can be facilitated outdoors. Discover the benefits of outdoor play to a child’s life, gain ideas for activities, and understand how to encourage children to expand and develop their imaginative play outdoors. Additionally, you will learn how to review your current outdoor play provision, plan a new space, and help children to manage risk.

Learning outcomes

  • You will gain an appreciation of the outdoor environment and the opportunities it offers for healthy development
  • You will know how to encourage children and young people to develop their imaginative play outdoors
  • You will be able to review their current outdoor play provision and identify improvements


Advantages of this course

  • It is often reported that children nowadays are spending less time outside than ever before, and so this course will help practitioners to encourage children and young people to spend more time playing and exploring in a natural environment
  • Discuss the benefits and necessity of outdoor play, and feel confident in passing this on to children, young people, and their families
  • You will be given a number of suggested outdoor activities, along with advice for balancing risk and opportunity when planning activities
  • Websites and video resources looking at outdoor play are included in this lesson
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge