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ERIC Number: EJ1044092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Creating and Enriching Quality and Safe Outdoor Environments
Olsen, Heather
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v41 n3 p11-17 2013
Can teachers of young children create stimulating and enriching outdoor environments that are also safe? This article highlights early childhood outdoor safety standards and presents a framework for creating quality and SAFE™ outdoor environments in early childhood programs that support children's interest and best practice. The outdoor environment is an extremely important place within early childhood programs. Early childhood professionals can use the information and resources to justify the significance of maximizing the outside environment. Creating these spaces is not a haphazard process, but rather should be based on a foundation that all children deserve a right to play in meaningful and purposeful environments. It is essential for early childhood educators to recognize that the outdoor space for children is important and there are endless possibilities for incorporating curriculum outside.
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A