Nursery school education in the UK has a strong pedagogical heritage that recognises the fundamental importance of enabling young children to learn from Nature and spend extended time outdoors. Educationalists Margaret McMillan and Susan Isaacs both developed exemplar nursery school gardens with transformative pedagogy in the early part of the 20th century.

But in recent decades, childhood for the majority in the Western world has become increasingly urbanised, dominated by consumerism and computer screen-time and by organised, regulated activity in manufactured environments. Perhaps this – plus ...


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