Playing with the Elements
Playing with the Elements

Course Aims & Assessment

Aims of the course are to:

  • recognise the value and importance of children's outdoor play and interaction with natural elements;
  • enable direct experiences with each of the natural elements and explore practical elemental activity 'springboards' that can be adapted and modified to different settings;
  • provide knowledge, information and guidelines on the principles and best practice of outdoor playwork, including awareness of how to overcome specific barriers;
  • explore ways in which any play provision can be improved or added to in order to best facilitate elemental play outdoors;
  • introduce conceptual ideas about children's play through considering the importance and significance of the four natural elements.


To receive the full certificate for Playing with the Elements you must:

  • Attend 80% of the Playing with the Elements course
  • Actively participate in sessions
  • Complete assessments including a reflective course diary
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