Outdoor Pre-Schools in Norway

7 February 2010 · 1 comment

in Early Years Outdoors, International, Nature Play & Learning

Since the previous posting was about trolls, which are residents of Norway, I thought I’d share with you the programmes which was shown on Teachers TV last year.

There is a YouTube video where you can watch the programme in one go but it’s not available to embed in a blog!

I really like this film because it demonstrates that outdoor pre-schools or nature kindergartens are much more than taking children into forests. It’s a philosophy and an approach that capitalises on the local natural environment, whatever and wherever that maybe.

Supportive, understanding and committed adults play a vital role. It’s a positive demonstration about the power of interactions of people, place and the activities that arise through children’s interests, weather conditions and seasonal events.

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Teacher Tom February 9, 2010 at 00:48

It was watching this video that first got me inspired about outdoor preschool in the first place. I’ve been sharing this with the parents in my school for the past month and the ones who’ve actually watched it are inspired.

Tonight’s the night my parent community decides whether or not to finish this school year as a 50 percent outdoor school. I’m confident they’ll give it a go-ahead. If the experiment works (and I have every reason to believe it will) I will pushing for an full day indoor/outdoor model for next year.

We’re an urban school in a damp, cool climate so there will be some doubters, I’m sure, but at least we don’t even to face the dark and snow like those kids in Norway!

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