Live / From Needs to Nature: Crafting Effective Early Childhood Outdoor Environments

Determining what makes an outdoor setting ideal for early childhood development and how to craft such spaces is essential. Equally vital is educating future designers and educators to create environments that support age-appropriate play and learning. This lecture will tackle these inquiries, discussing the characteristics of effective outdoor environments that cater to the developmental needs of children aged 0-8. It will explore the connection between children's developmental requirements and various design features and landscape elements. Additionally, the session will delve into methodologies for evaluating the effectiveness of these environments and identify strategies to design interactive, engaging, natural, and healthy outdoor spaces that promote holistic development in children.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. List the characteristics of an 'effective' outdoor environment that supports the developmental needs of young children (ages 0-8).
  2. Discuss the connection between children's developmental needs and various design features and landscape elements.
  3. Recognize the various methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of outdoor environments for young children.
  4. Identify design strategies that create interactive, engaging, natural, and healthy outdoor spaces for young children.

Anthony Iracki (Moderator)

Professional Development Manager

PlayCore

As an experienced Professional Development Manager, Anthony Iracki is dedicated to making a positive impact in the park and recreation industry. Based in Michigan, he's passionate about promoting inclusion, innovative programming, and community vitality. 

Muntazar Monsur, PhD (Moderator)

Assistant Professor Landscape Architecture

Texas Tech University

Dr. Monsur is an assistant professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Landscape Architecture. His teaching and research efforts are focused to enhance the quality of children's lives by improving/modifying environments with special emphasis in schools, preschools, and childcare centers. One of his primary goals at Texas Tech is to collaborate with different departments and units of the university and the city/state to develop a long-term research plan focused on a holistic approach of childhood development by bringing more nature in children's everyday experience to promote health and wellbeing. Monsur is also an expert in distance education and online course development in the fields of design. He is trained in Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-review process that certifies the quality of online courses. He was involved in the development of the first officially certified QM course for the College of Design at NC State University.  Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Monsur served as postdoctoral research scholar with the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) in the College of Design at North Carolina State University-Raleigh. In NLI, he worked as the project coordinator of a multi-year USDA AFRI grant investigating the role of gardening on physical activity and consumption of fruit and vegetables among preschool-age children. Earlier he was a lecturer in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology's Department of Architecture in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Monsur received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in architecture. His doctoral degree in design is from North Carolina State. Recent honors include receiving the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology (2018), NCSU Professional Development Award (2016),and the ‘Architectural Research Center's Consortium King Medal for Excellence in Innovation, Integrity, Scholarship in Architectural/Environmental Design Research' (2015).

This session will offer the following credits:

    

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0.1 IACET CEU 
        1.0 AIA HSW LU 
    1.0 LA CES HSW PDH


CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.


CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


Notes:

For any questions or to request a copy of the written transcript for this session, please contact core@playcore.com

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Live / From Needs to Nature: Crafting Effective Early Childhood Outdoor Environments
07/17/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 07/18/2024
07/17/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 07/18/2024 What constitutes an optimal outdoor setting for early childhood development, and how can we craft such spaces? Equally vital, how do we instruct future designers/educators to create environments conducive to age-appropriate play and learning? Throughout this lecture, drawing from my five-year tenure as a landscape educator, I aim to address these inquiries. Additionally, I'll delve into my observational methodology for assessing environmental affordances that enhance the efficacy of early childhood landscapes in meeting children's developmental needs. Learning Outcomes: 1. Define the characteristics of an 'effective' outdoor environment that supports the developmental needs of young children (ages 0-8). 2. Explain the connection between children's developmental needs and various design features and landscape elements. 3. Recognize the various methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of outdoor environments for young children. 4. Identify design strategies that create interactive, engaging, natural, and healthy outdoor spaces for young children.
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