Outdoor Play - Online Course

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What is the Outdoor Play course?

This Outdoor Play short course is an ideal investment for childcare professionals in many different settings, who are keen to learn more about outdoor play. Through the modules and extended learning opportunities included in this course, you can enhance your knowledge of the benefits of outdoor play. This includes understanding how you can provide an engaging outdoor space and activities in your place of work.

This program is endorsed by CACHE, the Council for Awards in Care, Health, and Education, so you can complete this course knowing you’ll be well equipped to make a difference in your childcare setting.

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Outdoor Play - Online Course

Learn more about the benefits of outdoor play and how you can provide an engaging outdoor space and accompanying activities to children in your care.

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Course Code EC112782
Course type Online Course
Course Access 1 Year
Processor 1 gigahertz (GHz)
Operating Systems Windows 7,Windows 8,Windows 10,Mac OS,iOS
Browsers Internet Explorer 8 or above,Google Chrome,Safari 8,Mozilla Firefox
Compatibility Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android

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Who is it for

Is the Outdoor Play online course right for me?

The Outdoor Play online course is a flexible short course ideal for anyone currently working as a childcare professional and looking to explore this area in more depth. It could also be of value if you are looking to gain a new childcare position and favour studying short courses to fit around your lifestyle. The content in this course focuses on under 5s and early years education.


What job could I get with an Outdoor Play qualification?

This course is an accessible and affordable option for existing and aspiring childcare professionals. Completing the short course online will leave you with a range of up to date theory and creative ideas that may lead to a childcare position, new responsibilities at work or future career progression.

Why study with us

Why study the Outdoor Play online course with e-Careers?

  • 12 months access to all course content and additional resources, so you can learn at a pace to suit your lifestyle.
  • CACHE endorsed certificate available on completion of the course that will enhance your CV.
  • Study a mix of relevant guidelines and regulations, along with some inspiration and ideas you can use in your own childcare setting.
  • Easy to engage with course content, including external links, presentations and activities.
  • Join a community of learners all working towards new career goals, and access support and technical assistance if you ever need it.

Course Details

What are the Outdoor Play course modules?

The topics studied within this course include:

  • The benefits of outdoor play
  • Planning an outdoor play space
  • The outdoor environment
  • NHS guidelines on physical activity
  • Early Year’s Foundation Stage guidelines and reports
  • Forest Schools
  • Play England research
  • Learning through Landscapes
  • Health & safety and outdoor play
  • Managing risk and outdoor play

What does the Outdoor Play online course cover?

  • Learn about the physical and cognitive benefits of outdoor play for children, and explore how enjoying outdoor play can influence an active adulthood.
  • Look at the different factors involved in planning an outdoor play space.
  • Discover more about the natural environment and the types of activities you can plan, with ideas from the Support Healthy Lifestyles for Children resource.
  • Examine NHS guidelines on physical activity and health for the under 5s, and the amount of exercise and outdoor activity they need.
  • Get to grips with the Early Years Foundation Stage report on Effective Practice: Outdoor Learning, and how you can use this to help your own outdoor play strategies.
  • Look in to the Association of Forest Schools, and find out more about the benefits of a Forest School for outdoor play and learning opportunities.
  • Find out how to balance risk and opportunity when planning outdoor play using Play England’s research.
  • Find more resources and ideas on the Learning Through Landscapes website.
  • Look into paediatric first aid, and relevant health and safety procedures for outdoor play in your childcare setting.
  • Benefit from video presentations on Outdoor Play and Children, and Managing Risk.
  • Gain inspiration from an Ofsted video on a Chelsea-based open-air nursery.
  • End the course with a multiple-choice style assessment to test and refresh what you’ve learned.

This course is CACHE endorsed through Laser Learning, an official e-Careers partner.

CACHE Endorsed certificate(s) included.

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