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Training: Developing Zones in your Outdoor Space (Aberdeen City only)

Thursday 24 January @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Developing Zones in your Outdoor Space

By focusing on one zone or area for improvement outside, the participants develop a systematic approach to improving outdoor provision in a small-scale and therefore more manageable way. The technique is child-centred and begins with observations of how children play in one zone and how to further develop the zone in a participatory approach which involves children at each step.

For ELC establishments that wish to consider a flow of learning between indoor, outdoor and off-site experiences, the approach works equally well. For example, a participant may choose to look at ways of improving water play and can apply the approach to a water tray inside, a water area outside and the locally available experiences of water such as streams, ponds or the beach.

The approach uses the 5R framework, that considers the rights of the child, responsibilities of the adult, routines around the zone, resources needed and re-imaging the (outdoor) space.  Participants will be expected to undertake a range of work in between the twilight sessions which is likely to include:

  • Background reading about their chosen zone or area for improvement and summarising the main points;
  • Developing at least one zone or area of their outdoor provision using the 5R framework;
  • Trialling a range of techniques for consulting and involving children regardless of their developmental level;
  • Ensuring the work undertaken is part of the overall approach within the establishment to the quality improvement process.

Expected outcomes for the participants:

  • To improve knowledge and understanding about specific areas of outdoor play. This will, in turn help participants see the breadth and depth of play possibilities outside;
  • To develop the capacity to further improve other zones or areas of outdoor provision. The 5R framework can be used as a basis for this to happen;
  • To be able to dovetail the outdoor improvements into the wider improvement processes within the establishment.

Trainer: Juliet Robertson, Creative Star Learning

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Juliet Robertson

Juliet is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants who specialises in outdoor learning and play. She works at a national level delivering training, giving keynote speeches, leading and supporting innovative outdoor projects and writing content for websites, documents and case studies. She is passionate about enabling schools, play organisations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people.

Juliet also works at an international level providing inspiring and engaging presentations and training everywhere. In the past two years alone, she has toured Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic. She provided the kickstart training for the first outdoor nurseries in Lithuania and worked with universities and schools in Spain and Belgium.

After years of ghost writing and public blogging, Juliet is now an author of Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors (2014) and Messy Maths (2017).


Thursday 24 January
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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Aberdeen City Council


Ashgrove Children’s Centre
Gillespie Place
Aberdeen, AB25 3BE United Kingdom
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