The practical guide to creating a working garden for children in the early years to enjoy year after year.
Whatever time of year it is, involving young children in gardening can be an excellent way to develop a wide range of skills for the EYFS and can bring children of all abilities together.
This gem of a guide aims to provide a step-by-step guide to creating an early years garden from first conception to eating your own veg!
- Where to start: how to plan for your garden and get funding
- Calendar of what to plant and harvest when
- Tips on plant that are great for cooking, as well as the ones that are guaranteed to give the quickest results
- A wealth of activities based around your garden, all linked to the ELGs
An essential for any green-minded nursery, whether you are a novice or an experienced gardener.
About the author
This title is written by Sue Ward, an outdoors consultant who advises and supports setings on a wide range of early years and school grounds projects. Sue is also a trainer for both Learning Through Landscapes and the RHS, and many of the queries that she has faced in delivering training sessions for early years practitioners have been included in this book.
"An excellent introduction to [gardening] for teachers of early years pupils. Written in lucid, concise language, the short, readable chapters cover a wide range of relevant and realistic advice and suggestions for teachers.
The case studies provide inspiring examples and the home links offer a useful invitation for parental involvement. Practical examples, such as the letter to interested parties, asking for support, the garden plan, the planting checklist, the planting guide and calendar, and the glossary will no doubt be enthusiastically welcomed by teachers, both experienced and new to childrens’ gardening."
Dr Jacky Chave, Strategic Schools Manager, Royal Horticultural Society.
"Easy to read and full of ideas and practical tips encouraging practitioners to think about the various uses of the garden as part of the learning environment."
Learning through Landscapes Newsletter.
"As usual the Practical Pre-School Books team and Sue Ward have produced a useful, concise publication that would be an asset for any setting."
Julia Jones, Childminder .
"This book motivates anyone to get gardening! It will be used to inspire the learners to be able to plan gardening activities in the work-based setting and links really well to a unit on play and learning development for young children."
Lucy Frain, Lecturer, Tresham College.