Young children are naturally curious and eager to explore everything around them – and there is no better place for them to explore, play and learn than outside in the natural environment.
But too few children today regularly play outside – they are not given the opportunity, whether due to lack of parental time, or curriculum restrictions, or a risk-averse mindset.
Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, said nurseries and childminders must not shy away from taking youngsters on trips to the park or engaging in outdoor activities due to fears about health and safety. She said she was concerned about the creation of ‘overly risk-free environments’ and that young children need to be able to discover the world and ‘run around until they are exhausted’. (www.telegraph.co.uk 8th Nov. 2017)