Adventurous Play – Developing children’s life skills through rich play experiences

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By Niki Buchan

For children, playing, creating, learning, developing and doing are all integrated. Learning through play is supported by skilled educators through the curriculum. Children are not consciously learning, they are not playing to learn, they are playing for the sheer joy it brings them. The learning and development occur naturally.

This book is a practical interpretation of the thoughts and ideas that underpin the meeting of children’s developmental needs, and acknowledges the critical role of providing play opportunities needed by children, particularly in early childhood centres.

It presents a wealth of detail on areas such as:

  • how to create and interpret challenging and stimulating play
  • how to see safety in the context of children’s developmental needs
  • how to enrich the play space

The book provides the needed link to ensure that children can flourish within an ever-changing environment, varied forms of spaces and varying social configurations, as well as thought-provoking examples shown through a wide selection of photographs. It supplies a fundamental framework for all parties involved in early childhood centres to understand and act upon the needs of young children during the most formative years of their lives.

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About the Author

Niki Buchan is senior educational consultant with Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy and Real World Learning Consultancy. She has lived and worked in South Africa and Scotland and has been calling Australia home since 2011. Niki has a great love for the outdoors and has been working with both adults and young children in very consultative, naturalistic and sensorial environments both indoors and outdoors for more than 35 years.

She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author and has been invited to work in the UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea, Norway, Denmark and South Africa.  Niki has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma. She trusts children as being capable and competent, including their ability to assess and take their own risks. Niki believes children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them. She is considered a leading voice in promoting nature-based practice and is the author of Children in Wild Nature: A Practical Approach to Nature-based Practice and Adventurous Play: Developing Children’s Life Skills through Rich Play Experiences, and has a STEM book in the pipeline.

Niki is the mother of four adult children, an adventurer, keen photographer, seldom seen without a camera in her hand and is usually surrounded by children.

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Weight 0.27 kg
Dimensions 29 × 20 × 0.5 cm







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