Getting kids into nature starts at home, inquiry finds

Nature walking

Claire Colvine:

Play England is delighted to be part of National Trust’s Natural Childhood movement, standing alongside other organisations that Love Outdoor Play! Visit our Take Action pages to find out how you can take action today to make sure more children can play out more often, and join in the conversation on Twitter using #naturalchildhood

Originally posted on Outdoor Nation:

Parents need more support to make the outdoors a part of everyday family life if we’re to avoid rearing a generation completely cut off from the natural world, an inquiry by the National Trust has found.

The NT Natural Childhood Booklet – which sought submissions from experts and the public on the barriers and the solutions for children’s connection with nature – found that children’s love of nature is best started in the home.

The Inquiry follows on from a report for the National Trust by award winning nature author and wildlife TV producer Stephen Moss, published in March, which documented children’s declining connection with the outdoors and nature.

Inquiry respondents said parents need more accessible child and family-friendly green and natural spaces and that opportunities for children to access and enjoy nature need to be promoted in a more joined-up fashion, and in ways that appeal more to families…

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4 Responses to “Getting kids into nature starts at home, inquiry finds”
  1. It’s really a cool and helpful piece of
    information. I am glad that you simply shared this helpful information with us.
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  2. Bill Callaghan says:

    Hi again Claire,

    Please keep visiting http://www.ecowarriorsuk.org/ as featured in the Western Morning News:

    http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Eco-Warriors-recruited-primary-schools/story-17168453-detail/story.html

    Our USP is to “Save the Planet One Primary School at a Time!”

    If you, or any business colleagues wish to sponsor a school of your/their choice, please get in touch.

    We are planning an official launch party on Saturday 15th December at http://www.oneworldcafe.org.uk/ with lots of dignitaries, sponsors, schools and recycling agencies invited.

    Hope you can join us there.

    Kindest Regards,

    Bill :)

    On 25 September 2012 11:08, Love Outdoor Play wrote:

    > ** > Claire Colvine – Play England posted: “Play England is delighted to be > part of National Trust’s Natural Childhood movement, standing alongside > other organisations that Love Outdoor Play! Visit our Take Action pages to > find out how you can take action today to make sure more children can play > o”

  3. Sue Mackenzie says:

    As an Early Years Teacher working in a Children’s Centre I am commited to Nature Play. We have created a ‘meadow’ of around half an acre from ‘spare land’ attached to the setting and owned by the local council and this is now a daily source of exploration for the children. We have planted 150 trees, created a natural wood den, a wildlife pond and habitat for butterflies.
    We still have some way to go to persuade all staff and parents of it’s value in all weathers and of the reasoning behind keeping the grass long! However as I have a life long conservation background with my father working for the RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust we shall be continuing our drive on nature play and creating a corner for wildlife in this corner of North Tyneside.

  4. palletopia says:

    Hi,

    I’d love your thoughts on our website http://www.ecowarriorsuk.org another way to get kids engaged with their planet and outdoor life!

    Thanks,

    Bill :)

    On 25 September 2012 11:08, Love Outdoor Play wrote:

    > ** > Claire Colvine – Play England posted: “Play England is delighted to be > part of National Trust’s Natural Childhood movement, standing alongside > other organisations that Love Outdoor Play! Visit our Take Action pages to > find out how you can take action today to make sure more children can play > o”

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