By Trisha Maynard, Jane Waters
The purpose of this article is to discover open air play within the early years focusing, particularly, on early years settings and kids elderly zero to 7 years.
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Pathways produce mixed emotions, depending upon their characteristics. When wide and straight, they can provide a sense of direction, expectation or destination. With a varying route or as stepping stones, they can offer changing perspectives or instill calm and reverie (Moore 1986; Hayward 1993). Alternatively, they can create a feeling of mystery, or 38 SECTION 1 THE CASE FOR OUTDOOR PLAY even the sense of imagination and adventure that many practitioners say is missing from their outdoor space: The well-designed path is irresistible.
DfE (2012) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Runcorn: Department for Education. FjØrtoft, I. (2004) Landscape as playscape: the effects of natural environments on children’s play and motor development, Children, Youth and Environments, 14(2): 21–44. FjØrtoft, I. and Sageie, J.
The garden was arranged on different levels, on grass and hard surfaces and surrounded by trees. There were paths, steps, open spaces, logs, climbing bars, slides, banks, ropes, swings, shrubberies, sheds and playhouses. Everything was designed and provided for some reason. Steps for example were not just functional but provided important places for jumping on and off and provided valuable practice for ‘little people who are learning to go up and down’ (McMillan 1919: 49). There was a horticulture section consisting of a herb garden, kitchen garden and rock garden and McMillan also included a wild garden arguing that ‘children love a wilderness.