Outdoor Play and Learning


Ellen Beate H. Sandster, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway
Jane Waters, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), UK
Natalie Canning, The Open University, UK
Georgia Gessiou, University of Ioannina, Greece


The Outdoor Play and Learning SIG provides an academic and rigorous forum at European and international level to develop and disseminate high quality research on outdoor play and learning. It aims to coordinate and disseminate international research on the international discourse in this emerging field. It intends to create a space for shared thinking and for creating synergies between participants from a wide range of professional and scientific contexts to encourage a clearer articulation and understanding of early childhood pedagogy, policy and practice in relation to outdoor play and learning.


Click here to view the 2018-19 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2017-18 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2016-17 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2015-16 report (pdf) Tim, Ellen, Eva and Shirley

News & Events

Outdoor Play and Learning SIG and SAGE are pleased to announce the launch of the Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning during the EECERA Conference in Bologna.

The handbook was developed and edited by members of the EECERA Outdoor Play and Learning SIG (Tim Waller, Ellen Sandseter, Eva Arlemalm-Hagser, Shirley Wyver, Libby Lee and Kristi Lekies) and includes 40 chapters from around the world, including a number written by SIG members and EECERA 2017 delegates.

Activities & Publications

Recent Activities

The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning – with 40 chapters  – published at SAGE in 2017

Publication of Special Issue of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning – August 2013

Publication of a Special Edition of the EECERA Journal on Outdoor Play and Learning – September 2010

Organisation of 4-9 SIG Symposia at EECERA conference from 2010 – 2016


Current SIGs