Taking Literacy Outdoors:
Early Years

Taking Literacy Outdoors: Early Years is an online course which illustrates how using the outdoors can improve early literacy development. You will learn about the three key areas of literacy development, understand the developmental processes at work, and discover new ideas to enhance your teaching practice.

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About this course

The outdoors provides a context in which early literacy skills can be developed in a holistic, child-led, and playful way. Our skills as educators can assist in creating broad experiences and opportunities for children to develop communication skills, a wider vocabulary, a love of reading, and the physical and cognitive skills they need for writing.

By their very nature, outdoor spaces offer a more comfortable environment for many children, adding something which can be hard to find indoors. As educators, we can take advantage of this intrinsic motivation through outdoor activities which build and extend children’s development.

Taking Literacy Outdoors: Early Years will introduce you to new ideas, research, and practice to help develop your confidence in an outdoor learning setting. During this online course, you will:

  • Gain an increased understanding of the importance of how young children develop speaking and listening, reading, writing skills and how the outdoor space can support this
  • Deepen your understanding of how outdoor spaces and the available experiences within them can increase children’s ability and understanding of all aspects of literacy
  • Increase your knowledge of how literacy provision can take place every day in the outdoors

About our online training

Completing one of our online training courses will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to reap the benefits of outdoor learning and play in your practice.

Created by experts who understand the challenges and barriers you face, each course includes interactive elements, carefully curated resources, action research opportunities, and moments for professional reflection.

We know that local context is important so, instead of providing you with one toolkit, our online courses include a range of ideas and readings, giving you the freedom to focus on the aspect of outdoor learning and play that you find most important.

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To get started with Taking Literacy Outdoors: Early Years, enrol using the buttons below. Don’t forget – LtL members are eligible for a 50% discount on our range of online training courses!

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