Creating a Space to Grow: Developing your enabling environment outdoors

2nd Edition

Gail Ryder Richardson

Published October 10, 2013
Reference - 128 Pages - 231 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415825559 - CAT# Y148059

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Is your outdoor area working? Do you want to make changes but are not sure where to start?

Creating a Space to Grow guides you through the process of changing and developing the outdoor environment of your early years setting to maximise the learning potential that these areas can offer. Packed full of strategies and ideas for enhancing outdoor areas, this new edition has been updated with references to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage and features many new colour photographs to illustrate how settings have enhanced their outside space.


Aimed at all early years practitioners who are looking to fulfil the potential learning opportunities that a stimulating outdoor area can create, this key text includes:

Practical ‘real life’ case studies and examples from the Kent ‘Space to Grow’ project

Step-by-step photocopiable prompt sheets that guide you through each stage and encourage the participation of your children

A new section that includes updates from some of the Kent settings and new guidance on auditing and improving your outdoor space.


Focusing on the core values that highlight the importance and benefits of outdoor play, this essential book will enable you to recognise the true value that outdoor spaces can have on a child’s overall development and wellbeing.


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