Julie Mountain is qualified in landscape design and has specialised in supporting schools and early years settings so that they can make the most of the potential of outdoors for learning and play.
An experienced trainer and facilitator, Julie launched Play Learning Life in 2010 in order to focus on outdoor projects in and with schools, settings and families. She has created a number of online Masterclasses for Early Years TV, including ‘Outdoors on a Shoestring’ and ‘5 Dangerous Things (you should let children do)’.
Julie is currently writing a series for Nursery World magazine, with a focus on a different common plant or shrub each month that you can find in your own neighbourhood.
In this interview, we discuss the series that Julie is writing for Nursery World Magazine, which focuses on different common plants or shrubs that can be found in the neighbourhood. Julie discusses the aims of the series which are to share the joy of being outdoors and to help practitioners recognize the plants and have ideas for play and learning.
She also provides recipes, activities, health and safety information, story suggestions, and poetry pieces. Julie suggests tools such as magnifying glasses, jeweller’s loupes, and A4 magnifiers which can be used to explore the plants.
Julie has created two fantastic Masterclasses exclusively for Early Years TV:
In 10 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Children Do) you’ll learn how to help children tackle emotional and physical risks in a safe, secure, caring and risk-assessed environment. And you’ll be able to provide opportunities for them to safely handle risky situations so that the likelihood of future dangerous behaviour or unacceptable harm is diminished.
In Outdoors on a Shoestring you’ll learn all about free and found resources, identify potential sources of free and found objects, explore how to manage and risk assess the items, and learn how to start a portfolio of free and found play springboards for your children.
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