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Volume 4, Number 1 - April 2015

The outdoor environment, enriching or not? The quest to find out: A brief review of the literature

There are many reasons as to why the quality of an outdoor environment in an Early Childhood Education (ECE) setting is important for children’s learning and development. Current literature suggests that children thrive in a natural or naturalised outdoor environment. This paper will endeavour to present the major themes highlighted in literature relating to this topic. These are: the need for enriching natural environments; the areas in which children’s development greatly benefits from such environments; and, lastly, what an ‘ideal’ naturalised outdoor environment should consist of.


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