German Forest Kindergartens: Healthy Childcare under the Leafy Canopy

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A forest kindergarten is a special form of daycare, with walks, free play and environmental education in the forest on the daily schedule. Attending a forest kindergarten can contribute to children's healthy development and is associated with physical activity, concentration, mental health, linguistic development and the prevention of infections. Drawing from systematic observations of 12 German forest kindergartens, this report presents an insight into their daily routines, their surrounding landscape and other essential characteristics. [Authors' abstract]
Silvia D. Schäffer and Thomas Kistemann
Children, Youth and Environments
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