Supporting Research

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 Research shows that children who are given an opportunity to explore and engage in a natural environment supports a healthy development of their motor fitness which also promotes positive mental and physical well-being.

-Jensen (2000). 

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"The richer our sensory environment and the greater our freedom to explore it, the more intricate will be the patterns for learning, thought and creativity"

-Hannaford (2005).


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"The outside area offers a rich, multi-sensory environment that is meaningful and stimulating for all..providing them with 'real' experiences that help embed their...learning."

-Filer (2008)

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" It will teach children to care for the environment and encourage them to become part of the solution for bringing about changes in the way we treat our environment by learning love and respect for it, by developing skills such as cooperation, listening, tackling real problems, participating in decision making and making informed choices."

-Filer (2008).

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""In the early formative years, play is almost synonymous with life. It is second only to being nourished, protected and loved. It is a basic ingredient of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth."

-Ashley Montague

"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for while knowledge points to all there is, imagination points to all there will be"

-Albert Einstein.

References

   Jensen, E. (2000) Learning with the Body in Mind. San Diego, CA: The Brain Store.  

   Hannaford, C. (2005). Smart moves, why learning is not all in your head. Arlington, VA: Great River Books. 

Filer, J. (2008). Healthy, Active and Outside, Running an Outdoors Programme in the Early Years. New York, USA: David Fulton Publishers.