We believe a LOVE for outdoors starts in the early years - it is this foundation on which everything else will stand.
Let's take A quick look at why we do what we do...
There will always be good news and always be not so good news -
let's get the not so good news out of the way...
The not so good news.
Three quarters of children today spend less time outdoors than prison inmates. Sound evidence shows that never before have children known so little about nature. Indoor inactive lifestyles and lack of outdoor play undoubtedly sets the stage for compromised overall fitness and wellbeing. Obesity has become a number one health problem in our nation and the pattern is set in the early years of life. (A staggering 33.3% of primary age children are overweight or obese.)
And now some very good news...
The UK government funded a four year programme via Natural Connections who were tasked with exploring the impact learning outdoors has on our children behaviourally. Following the study their task was to encourage teachers in getting pupils outdoors more of the time through networking. We are happy to report hubs and networks are being set up all over the UK to help teachers gain confidence, add to their knowledge and network with other settings who are already enjoying the benefits of teaching outdoors - You can find a link to the report on our news page.
And there's more good news...
The downward trend in poor wellbeing and fitness is easily reversed and begins with excellent early years education, spending more time outdoors and less time in front of screens. As a nation we need to fall back in love with nature. Getting children outdoors in the early years is one of the greatest investments we can make. Time spent outdoors has humongous benefits mentally, physically and spiritually. We believe our children deserve this much.
Over many years we have studied and evaluated the holistic benefits brought about through outdoor learning environments. Passionate about our findings, we challenged ourselves to create ideas and methods in which outdoor learning and play could be successful in smaller spaces. We are thrilled with the results. We have designed a unique range of EGToys™ which entice and encourage children to play outdoors for longer. Our toys are built ergonomically as well from an absolute understanding of early years pedagogy. Our toys attract and engage children whilst scaffolding their learning and developmental processes.
It's a fact of life that not all children have opportunities or space to be running, jumping, hopping and skipping, but they can be submerged into a world which encourages and supports physical development:
balancing - bending - carrying - fetching - lifting - kneeling - mixing - reaching -squeezing - standing - stirring =
squatting - tipping - twisting - turning and walking.
All of this physical development whilst breathing fresh air - what could be more healthy in early years?
As Margaret McMillan said, "the best classroom and richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky".
At Evergreen Outdoor Education we have combined years of working in early years education, carpentry construction and parenting to become the forward thinking team we are today. When creating our unique designed EGToys™ we climb inside a child's mind, so to speak, before any designs are agreed. Our team is small and happy: We are Jools an experienced Primary Headteacher and Early Years Specialist, Peter a long standing Advanced City & Guilds Cabinet Maker and Joseph a top rate forward thinking Carpenter and Scroll Saw Artist. We all absolutely LOVE what we do.
Call 01207 544867 today and let's get your little ones outdoors for longer.
Welcome to Evergreen Outdoor Education - makers of exceptional quality imaginative educational toys - getting your children outdoors for longer.
We understand children, know how learning happens and love what we do.
EGToys are Specially designed to reflect real life contexts for real life play.
"children learn as they play, most importantly, Through PLay Children learn how to Learn." O Fred Donaldson
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious Learning. but for children PLay IS serious Learning. Play is really the work of Childhood." Fred Rogers
We are NOW open in the USA... It's so EGciting!