leaRNING OUTDOORS in early childhood

Key Facts            This module will be delivered by Kathryn Peckham in 2017/18

Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study options: Face to face (5 days) plus distance learning
Duration: 1 year
Start date: September 2017
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 PG credits
Fees: £1,450 (payment facilities by request - email s.delaney@crec.co.uk)
Tutors: Kathryn Peckham 
Entry requirements: An undergraduate degree is generally requested as applicants will be expected to study at postgraduate level, however applications from practitioners without degrees, but with relevant experience, are encouraged.

If you would like to express your interest in this module, and keep up-to-date with enrolment for the 2017/18 cohort, please complete the pre-registration form via the button below.

Who is this course aimed at?

This module has been created for professionals working in the early childhood field who have a strong interest in learning outdoors, such as:
-owners, managers and heads of early years settings;
-teachers working with children from birth to 3, 3 -5 and 5-7 years;
-early years practitioners supporting provision and practice from birth to seven
-advisers, trainers and consultants working in the field of early childhood education, consultants and trainers working or interested in all aspects of outdoor education, especially nature-based programmes.

What are the main themes?
The key areas of focus include:
-Child development and the foundational role of experience outdoors
-Learning and well-being theories and their application in practice outdoors in early childhood
-Pioneers and models of early childhood outdoor provision and pedagogy
-Understanding of space and place through environments and landscape disciplines
-International perspectives and the provocations they pose for contesting practice in the UK
-Reflection, evaluation and action research on current provision and practice

How will it help my practice?

This module provides an extensive opportunity to investigate the main theories and pedagogies relevant to contemporary educational practice outdoors and introduces the relevant issues and debates, encouraging critical and independent appraisal. Both content and assignments present opportunities to acquire the theory base and knowledge that will enable participants to develop their practice as follows:
-a deep understanding of how being outdoors supports wellbeing, child development, play and learning;
-a strong belief and commitment to outdoor provision in Early Years services and in young children’s lives;
-a strong vision and value base for learning outdoors from birth to seven;
-clarity about what and how to provide for learning outdoors;
-ability to articulate to and support the development of others;
-confidence and self-efficacy regarding learning outdoors.


Students successfully completing this module will be able to:
-demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a broad theoretical basis of being, developing and learning in the outdoors and how this translates into provision, practice and advocacy;
-analyse and reflect upon key theoretical debates in the pedagogy of playing and learning outdoors;
-reflect upon their own and their setting’s practice and envision or test change as a result of their study;
-collate and organise appropriate documentary evidence in a logically structured, well presented and clearly written format using the Harvard referencing system.

Dates for 2017/18:

Apply for this module:

If you would like to express your interest in this course, and keep up-to-date on enrolment for the 2017/18 cohort, please complete the pre-registration form.

MA 2017-18 Pre-registration