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Published on 01.08.18

Professor Jan White

Congratulations Professor Jan White!

"I would like to say a massive congratulations to my wonderful friend PROFESSOR Jan White who has become the first Professor of Practice in Early Childhood Development and Education. I am always astounded by Jan's deep knowledge and passion for the outdoors and the unique learning and nurturing environment that it provides. I have learnt such a lot whilst working with her on our mud campaign and more recently the Valuing the Outdoors book. We have many more ideas currently being explored, keep an eye on the Outdoor Hub for more info and events."
Liz Edwards

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In recognition of outstanding leadership, the University of Wales Trinity St David has elected Jan White to the honorary position of Professor of Practice. The University’s Vice Chancellor Medwin Hughes said, "The title of ‘Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the University."

Take a look at the Nursery World interview with Jan for more details and its implications for the Early Years sector.

Jan's website: Jan White Natural Play


Our one stop shop has a diverse selection of practical, educational and inspiring products for all your forest school, outdoor play and learning requirements. Here's some inspiration from Professor Jan White.

Every Child a Mover - Jan White

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Young children need active lives from birth. We increasingly understand how the body and brain develop together, reinforcing the importance of putting physical development at the heart of early childhood education.

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Outdoor Provision in the Early Years - Jan White

£29.99 exVAT

Outdoor education offers children special contexts for play and exploration, real experiences, and contact with the natural world and the community. To help ensure young children thrive and develop in your care, this book provides essential information on how to make ...

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Outdoor Hub:

Our Outdoor Hub has a wealth of inspiring activities, events and information. Each section has been designed to encourage engagement in the outdoors, connection with nature and to help spark imaginative play and creativity.

Outdoor play

Outdoor play, natural play and nature play are different terms used to describe children 'being' outdoors. Being allowed to lead their own play, explore, investigate, be curious and take risks in a natural/outdoor environment.

Jan White introduces this section and details the importance and benefits of child-led and child-initiated play.

This section is filled with information surrounding the theory and practice of outdoor play - articles, policies, books and research.

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Foraging for wellbeing - a bilberry narrative

The story of a foraging expedition, where we found bilberries and something far more important.

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