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Nature, Tranquillity and Being Human

Richard Louv in Last child in the woods refers to the ‘nature-deficit disorder’.  He comments on our need for nature to provide tranquillity and to promote emotional health. 

And it isn’t just the emotional benefit. Studies of preschool children in Norway and Sweden have shown that those who spend time daily in natural surroundings walking on uneven ground test better for motor fitness than those who play in typically flat soft surface playgrounds. 

For the children at Hambrook Pre-school, these are definite advantages to carrying out forest school sessions.

Nature's Playground helps Motor Fitness

Nature and Being Human - Youtube Video

Reference: Louv, R., Last Child in the Woods, 2005, Atlantic books, London

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