Team building is an ongoing process that helps a work group evolve into a cohesive unit.
This document provides information from the Ministry of Education with regards to working in shared spaces. It outlines Ontario’s view of the child, families, and educators, and also offers support and suggestions of how to make a shared space inclusive and inviting for all.
Outdoors provide endless opportunities for children to explore, experience risky play, grow and have fun.
The article by Zimany and Rossovska (2020) reveals the study's results, conducted at Humber CDC, highlighting parents' perspectives on their children's involvement with nature and its impact on their well-being and development.
This document and related promotional activities aims to create a sense of community within the outdoor play sector, provide a common vision for the sector to thrive and succeed over the next five years, and identify priorities for action.
Exploring the outdoors for play and exploration on rainy days.
The document provides information about the Child Care Design layout and the regulations and standards that centres must meet according to Government Standards.
Children, Outdoor Play and Loose Parts by Caileigh Flannigan and Beverlie Dietze
This journal article investigates the development benefits of preschool children in a rural outdoor natural environment interacting with loose parts.
This resource will look at school readiness, the four frames of learning, mealtime strategies, and more.
This article discusses the benifits associated with connecting children with nature. You will read about outdoor learning experiences and environments to expand your knowledge.
Water play activities can be simple, clever and are great for a group. They are cost effective and can be done using materials already found at your childcare centre. Try some water relay races. To increase the challenge add an obstacle course. Have the children use items such as plastic bottles, funnels, pool noodles, basins and plastic tie wraps to create a water wonderland.
This resource provides a series of activities that educators can use to engage with learners this summer.
This resource discusses This resource discusses how to improve a school playground to better meet the needs of the students and children. There are suggestions of how to organize the space, monitoring practices, as well as other tips.;
With summer programming comes alot of outdoor play, this resource is for educators to create an engaging programming for the very busy child to remembering sun and heat safety. Especially for the child who is unable to consider this on their own. With all that extra outdoor time summer can be an excellent opportunity to work on gross motor skills.
This resource povides some easy and inexpensive fun things you can do at your day care or at home with your family. These can be adapted for most ages and abilities.
This resource reintroduces the benefits of playgrounds. It helps us to recognize the importance of play for children as well as acknowledges the many benefits associated with playing on the playground.
With the arrival of the warm summer months it provides teachers with so many wonderful opportunities to incorporate the natural elements of the outdoors, into their program development. This resource provides some creative ways to engage pre-school and kingdergarten aged children in natural resources such as leaves, flat rocks and flowers.
This article highlights 9 different books that promote exploration of the outdoor environments and provides brief descriptions of the 9 books listed.
This resource will provide a general overview of outdoor learning, as well as some great books that can help educators learn about how to incorporate outdoor learning into their lesson plans.
Summer is always a special time for exploring and enjoying the outdoors, nature and your family. There are loads of free and almost free things to do in and around the city of Toronto. This resources will provide you with a list of easy and quick activities for toodlers.
Winter is often a time where parents and children rely on the indoors, when there are still endless opportunities to engage in outdoor play. This resource will provide a list of 50 ways to enjoy playing outdoors during the winter months.
Here comes the sun, let’s get ready to have some fun!!! With summer just around the corner, it is important to be well equipped and ready to beat the heat. With hot sunny days in sight, it is a great time to review some helpful tips so that both you and the children stay safe, while enjoying the warmer, more humid days that are ahead.This resource provides the educators and parents with the tips on how to recongnize heat related illnesses and so much more.
This resource provides educators and families tips and strategies on how to get the most out of playing outdoors and in nauture.
Summer has us getting ready for fun in the sun and a change in our regular programming routines. Being sure that we are not only equipped with fresh and interesting ideas for our children, but prepared to ensure that our children remain safe is key to having a fun, safe and relaxing summer. Summer programming usually involves outings and a lot of outdoor activities. With the upcoming change in routines, it is a perfect time to review the rules of summer and to highlight some tips to remain safe. This resource provides a tips on how to ensure you keep summer activities safe.
Outside Play is a tool for parents to understand the importance of risky outdoor play and slowly implement risky outdoor play in a manner that is safe but allows children to explore the outdoors and take risks.
Summer can be one of the most challenging times to program for children with special needs. This resource provides a few points to keep in mind when planning for inclusion within your group this summer.
Creating activities to engage children on the playground can pose a challenge. Sometimes the challenge is finding ways to provide activities that the children already enjoy inside on your playground without bringing all your indoor toys and equipment outside. Consider these inexpensive methods to meet the goal of bringing the indoors outdoors.
This resource provides a few suggested books that will assist you when planning for outdoor summer programming for different age groups.
This rescource by the Child Encyclopedia highlights some of the outdoor play activities. In addition, it examines through research on designing outdoor play environments and risky outdoor play. Information about outdoor play is also available in a concise infosheet.
Outdoor Play Canada is an excellent source in which government information is provided in regards to outdoor play. This includes outdoor play practices, policies and research.
The Canadian Parks Council created a book that explains the benefits of outdoor play and encouraging outdoor play. This book also includes a few games and activities children would enjoy.