Exploring the outdoors with the early years foundation stage NY060 / A20

Start date
24 May 21
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Outdoor learning and play is widely acknowledged as being very beneficial to children’s early development. Taking children outdoors offers unique experiences to enhance their existing skills and knowledge and develop those important characteristics of effective learning. It offers them more opportunities to engage in a whole range of activities on a larger scale with no worries about noise levels, mess or space restrictions. Outdoor learning, being in the fresh air and space, have also been shown to have real positive impacts on children’s well being and development.

Who is it for?

This course is for EYFS practitioners who are new to the EYFS or those who would like to develop their current provision for outdoor learning.

“All sessions gave me lots of ideas and helped me reflect on my current practice and plan to improve it through outdoor learning that is purposeful and engaging.” Previous participant

What topics will be covered?

Over the two days we will cover:

  • all areas of the EYFS framework including; mathematics, understanding the world, communication and language, expressive arts and physical development
  • engaging activities to use with your children to support learning
  • ways to enhance continuous provision within the outdoors classroom
  • planning learning experiences that allow children to explore interactions with nature
  • forest school activities to engage our EYFS children

This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.   

Who is the course leader?

  • Karen Brunyee

    I am a Professional Development Leader in Primary STEM at the National STEM Learning Centre, based at The University of York. I also hold chartered...


You will be able to:

  • identify and plan opportunities for the development of the outdoors classroom
  • have an extended range of strategies to engage children with their immediate environment
  • access resources to support the EYFS curriculum whilst working outdoors



Exploring the outdoors with the early years foundation stage - day 1 face to face24 May 202111:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Exploring the outdoors with the early years foundation stage - day 2 face to face25 May 202109:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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