Outdoor learning and the natural environment

The outdoor classroom

Studies have shown the benefits of learning outside the classroom are endless. Being outside allows children to express themselves freely and unlike an indoor classroom, there aren’t any space constraints meaning children can jump, shout and explore to their hearts content. The sense of freedom playing outdoors brings is fantastic for a child’s development, both physically and mentally. Benefits include     encourages an active lifestyle, develops an appreciation of nature and the environment, social skills, 

 independance and understanding risk


Learning in our outdoor environment allows children to interact with the elements around us and helps them to gain an understanding of the world we live in. 

They can experience animals in their own surroundings and learn about their habitats and life-cycles. 

                                                                                            (Early Years Resources News)


Natural Mud Pie

Using natural materials to enhance children's learning.


Natural resources encourage children to observe closely and use all their senses and can be found in both our indoor and outdoor areas supporting the EYFS Characteristics of effective learning.

Learning Tree Preschool provides children with opportunity to access an interesting and ever-changing environment during walks around the school field, activities within the forestry area exploring and developing their curiosity providing opportunity for them to ask questions and talk about their discoveries. 

Planned activities encourage the children to collect natural materials and also invites them bring things from home to add to our collection. Leaves, twigs, stones, shells, cones and other interesting things can be found almost anywhere and all children can join in.

Forestry Area

A wooded area within the school grounds under trained supervision children are provided with the opportunity to participate in fun and exciting activities introducing them to safe risky challenge, working with natural and recycled resources, children learn about outdoor crafts and skills whilst respecting the outdoor environment

Environmental Sustainability and Development

Sustainable Development Goals

17 Goals to Transform our World

The United Nations has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals for all countries to work towards for a better future

Here at Learning Tree Preschool using our natural environment we provide opportunities for the children to participate in activities to support goals such as Life on Land, life below water and climate action.

AS practitioners we are aware of the importance of children developing empathy and how this leads to fairness, respect and responsibility

Kent County Council, in collaboration with an international lead, has developed a programme to introduce Education For Sustainable Development in Early Years and Childcare through an award which we will join as soon as it becomes available.