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    Resources for

    Educators

    These resources are for everyone who has, loves, or works directly with kids! Parents, caregivers, early years educators, teachers, recreation and camp professionals – this is for you! Whether you are looking to take your first steps leading children outdoors and you’re not sure where to start, or you’re comfortable leading children outdoors but you’d like to learn more about unstructured play and learning – this is for you!

    These resources are for everyone who has, loves, or works directly with kids! Parents, caregivers, early years educators, teachers, recreation and camp professionals – this is for you! Whether you are looking to take your first steps leading children outdoors and you’re not sure where to start, or you’re comfortable leading children outdoors but you’d like to learn more about unstructured play and learning – this is for you!

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    Risk Benefit Assessment for Outdoor Play: A Canadian Toolkit

    This toolkit was designed to support practitioners who work in the outdoor play sector, enabling them to take a balanced approach to risk and safety when working with children outdoors. The toolkit is the result of a broad collaboration, with input from leading figures in outdoor play, academics, policy makers, and face-to-face practitioners from across Canada and has undergone legal review.

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Outdoor Play and Learning

    We receive LOTS of questions about how to bring children outdoors! We created this resource to help answer some of your most frequently asked questions. Stay tuned for deeper dives into many of the topics covered.

     

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    What to Wear for Teaching and Learning Outdoors

    Here are some tips from an educator on how to dress for teaching and learning outdoors! Includes tips for sun and insect protection, and how to stay warm and dry in wet and cold weather!

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    Starting from Play: Planning and Reflection Template

    Here is a template to help you document play and corresponding curriculum connections.

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    Working with Challenging Behaviours: Setting up for Success

    Here are some helpful considerations for working with challenging behaviours outdoors! Includes potential scenarios where you might encounter challenging behaviours and how to approach them. 

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    Supporting Children with Disabilities and Exceptionalities Outdoors

    Here is a podcast episode and some takeaways about supporting children with disabilities and exceptionalities outdoors.

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    What’s in Our Kit?

    What do you need to bring with you to bring learning outdoors? This resource outlines the items we have in our first aid backpack and our loose parts kit.

     

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    Helpful Weather Tips

    Here are some useful tips and strategies for navigating outdoor play in different weather conditions.

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    How to set up a tarp

    Here is a video tutorial on how to set up a tarp for shade, shelter and play!