Outdoors Thinking

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For every child to access deep, rich and satisfying high quality outdoor provision

Welcome to Outdoors Thinking, where we provide training and development to support you to establish high quality outdoor provision and practice in your early childhood setting.

We are excited to announce that Outdoors Thinking was Highly Commended for Nursery World Trainer of the Year 2023

Nursery World said "This is a tremendous achievement against extremely tough competition. This year we received an incredible number of entries from across the country, so to be shortlisted is an amazing feat."

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Core Mission

Empower and enable practitioners and teachers to make the most of being outdoors for nurturing children to thrive and grow in their educational setting. Our goal is to greatly increase the number of enthusiastic educators with a deep belief in the value of learning through real experiences and play outdoors and who share a commitment to upholding every child’s right to spend ample time outdoors every day throughout the year.

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Leading Training Organisation

The content and process of Outdoors Thinking Training is underpinned by extensive research-informed knowledge and practice about outdoor provision and learning outdoors. With the combined experience of over 80 years in developing outdoor environments, provision and practice, the qualifications have been carefully developed by leading thinkers and specialists in early years outdoor play and learning.

Training (Adults)


Certificate in Outdoor Practice is recognised and accredited by AIM Qualifications previously known as Open College Network West Midlands in England. To find out more please follow the Accreditation button below.

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Featured Courses

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Certificate in Outdoor Practice Level 3 (AB01)

Start Date:

Fri, Sep 8th, 09:30

(+10 follow up dates)


Education Room
Duthie Park
Polmuir Road
AB11 7TH

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Fully booked

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Certificate in Outdoor Practice Level 3 (AB01)
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Creating Rich Experiences Outdoors- (NI04)

Start Date:

Mon, Sep 18th, 09:30

(+3 follow up dates)


Hill of The O'Neill
26 Market Square
BT70 1AB

Places left:

Fully booked

Prices from:

Creating Rich Experiences Outdoors- (NI04)

Treasure Trove

The outdoors has so much potential to offer to young children and there are exciting times ahead for the field of outdoor play and learning! Explore our website to see how we can work together to unlock this fabulous treasure trove.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Outdoor Thinkers!

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