Dirt Between Their Toes

Leaves crunch under crawling knees, while a passing bird captures the attention of an infant sprawled on a rug. Sand passes through the fingers, and a little one squeals as an educator rolls a large ball across the grass. Sounds idyllic right? Being outdoors with infants should be idyllic. It should be a rich, engaging and sensorial experience. In this session, participants will deepen their understanding of the developmental benefits (including physical development, emotional wellbeing and sensory integration) for babies, of outdoor play in inspiring environments. We will explore the key elements to programming for babies, from planning to observing and documentation. This engaging session will empower educators to provide environments where infants thrive; to deepen their connection with the children in their care; and to find joy in the magical moments of outdoor play with infants.

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Date And Time

This training takes place 05/03/2022 at 8:00 PM Central Time, USA.
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60 Minutes

Learning Goals

Attendees will:

  • Explore the benefits of outdoor play for infants
  • Feel empowered to provide environments where infants thrive
  • Deepen their connection with the children in their care


Nicole Halton

Competency Area

Curriculum Or Program Design

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Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors

Age Group Focus

  • Infants (birth to 12 months)
  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)

National Administrator Credential Approved



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