Playing or even just spending time outdoors has long been recognized as crucial to positive learning and life outcomes in children. Outdoor spaces thus hold great significance in early education and care learning settings and have been addressed in Quality Area 3 – Physical Environment of National Quality Standards. Element - 3.2.1 mandates that “Outdoor and indoor spaces are designed and organised to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments”. As such, outdoor spaces must be and must be designed with care and conscious thought.
Right from the earliest years, outdoor experiences are an invaluable aspect of healthy human growth. Engaging with the outdoors and nature helps even babies to develop fully, realise their physical and intellectual potential as well as bond with the surrounding environment.
Outdoor Classroom Day on 7th November celebrates and inspires play and learning outside the classroom. It gives Teachers, Educators and Children an opportunity to spend the day learning outside. On the day, thousands of schools and early learning services around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.
On Thursday 19 May Educators, Teachers and Children have the opportunity to try learning outside the classroom as we celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day. Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.