Nature-based early learning and childcare - influence on children's health, wellbeing and development: literature review

This review of global evidence aimed to understand the extent to which nature-based early learning and childcare (ELC) influences young children’s physical, cognitive, and social and emotional development

Structure of Report

The introduction will provide an overview of the impact of nature on children's health, wellbeing and development before introducing the research questions. The methodology used will then be described and results will be presented. The results will provide an overview of the eligible studies and findings will be broken down into three outcome domains: (i) physical, (ii) cognitive, and (iii) social, emotional and environmental development. Outcomes will be presented for different types of nature exposures within ELC settings. The present report will conclude with a discussion of the findings, key recommendations for policy, practice and research followed by references and appendices.



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