A free to download guide for early years educators suggests ways to support young children's access to natural environments in the UK.

The Froebel Trust and Early Education have been working together on a collaborative project to explore and understand young children's access to natural environments in the UK.

Together we've created a new guide for educators using key findings from this research project.

Free to download - First published in April 2022
FT EE Access to Nature Report - A guide for educators

About the project

Between October 2021 and January 2022 we asked children, their parents, carers and early years educators to tell us about their access to nature and being outside together. The findings of this project tell us about how young children value nature, play and being active outside.

However, the research also reveals the growing inequalities experienced by some families with young children and the challenges they face in accessing natural spaces.

This free to download guide is for all those who work with and support young children. It gives suggestions for effective practice in relation to young children and outdoor experiences.

About Early Education

Early Education is a charity and membership organisation for individuals and organisations working in early childhood education across the UK. Find out more at

Access to Nature

Read the literature review, executive summary and full research findings from this collaborative project.

Final research report

Read the research summary

Executive Summary EE FT Access to Nature Project March 2022
A year of exploration

Children and Nature

Explore our collection of free Froebel Trust resources, case studies and research all about outdoor play, the natural world, respectful pedagogy and nurturing young children's relationships with nature.

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