Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re thinking of getting involved in Outdoor Classroom Day but have a few questions, our frequently asked questions might help. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or potential partner, there is something in here for you.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or post a question in our Facebook group.

REGISTRATION

How do I register? 

Go to the registration form at the bottom of the Get Involved page.

Can I change my details after I have submitted them? 

Yes – please email us to tell us what needs to be changed: info@outdoorclassroomday.com

How do I register multiple classes? 

Just register your school once and make sure that the total number of children includes all the classes that are taking part.

The registration function on the website isn’t working, what shall I do? 

Please give it a few minutes before trying again. If it still isn’t working, please email us and let us know: info@outdoorclassroomday.com 

Can nurseries and kindergartens sign up? 

Yes please! Nurseries have a lot to celebrate on the day as they do some of the best work supporting outdoor learning and play. Sign up and register your nursery today!

GENERAL

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Can you send me more information please? 

There are lots of great resources on the website so have a look around and see if there is anything you find inspiring. We also share lots of inspiration and information on our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and on our Facebook group.

Can I get involved if I am not a teacher? 

Yes! Whatever your age, spend some time outdoors on the day. Share your experiences on social media using #OutdoorClassroomDay!

If you are a nursery, kindergarten, after-school group, play organisation or youth group, or even a university, sign up and add a note about who you are in the ‘What are your plans for the day?’ box.

If you are a parent of school-aged children, use this letter to ask their school to sign up and see if they would like you to help out on the day. Why not take your children outside after school on the day as well? You can Sign up as a Parent for additional information and inspiration.

If you work for an organisation that believes in the power of outdoor learning and play, there are lots of ways you can show your support. Whether you have five minutes or a few hours, our supporter pack has lots of ideas to get you started. Sign up to tell us about your plans. If you have any other ideas of how you could support the Outdoor Classroom Day movement, please contact the global team on: info@outdoorclassroomday.com.

Do you have anything specific to early years? 

Many nursery and preschools sign up for Outdoor Classroom Day. As nursery schools really lead the way in taking their children outside, most of the resources on this website are focused on slightly older children. Some of the activities on the resource page are also useful for early years, we particularly like those in Explore Outside the Classroom and we think some early years pupils will too.

In my country we have school holidays on Outdoor Classroom Day, how can we get involved? 

If your school is on holiday on the day please still register and just go outdoors on a day that suits you. The more schools that register, the better the case we can make to policy makers and school leaders that outdoor play and learning should be part of every school day.

I would like to take part but I don’t think my country is on your list? 

We currently run flagship campaigns in a number of countries – for a full list see the country drop-down in the top right corner of the website. If your country isn’t on the list, or hasn’t got its own designated website yet, then simply sign up on the global website.

I work for an NGO that is interested in leading an Outdoor Classroom Day campaign in my country, how do I get involved? 

Fantastic! We are already working with some amazing NGOs in the UK and Ireland, Turkey, Portugal, India, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – and are always looking for new partners to help grow the movement! Check out our NGO recruitment pack for more information about what this entails and contact us on the details in the pack to discuss.

MEDIA

I work in media – can you send me a press pack please? 

If you are a member of the press and would like to speak to us about the issues raised by the campaign or want to book an interview with a spokesperson, please contact Claire, Global Communications Manager, on claire@outdoorclassroomday.com.

ORGANISATIONS

How can businesses get involved? 

Could you help boost social media posts? Put up posters in your workplace? Help us print posters and books from the Outdoor library to give to schools in your local area? Lots of organisations get involved in the day by spreading the word to their customer base and providing offers for schools that are taking part. Our supporter pack has lots of ideas to get you started – sign up to share your own ideas and let us know what you can offer.

Unilever’s funding of Outdoor Classroom Day came to an end in December 2020 after 5 terrific years of partnership and we are now looking for new partners to grow and scale the movement for 2021 and onwards. If you are interested in supporting our mission to make time outdoors part of every child’s day please contact the global team: info@outdoorclassroomday.com.

We would like to offer our outdoor space for schools to visit, can we do this? 

Brilliant, please contact the global team on: info@outdoorclassroomday.com and let us know all about it so we can promote it to schools signed up.

We would like to offer a discount on our services to schools on the day can I do this? 

Great, please contact the global team on: info@outdoorclassroomday.com and let us know all about it so we can promote it to schools signed up.

How can we encourage the schools we work with to take part? 

You can use our suporter pack to let teachers and schools know about the movement and ask them to sign up. Let them know about the day and feel free to share the great resources on this website with them. Remember that lots of schools do fantastic work supporting outdoor play and learning, so encourage them to celebrate what they do well and maybe even do a bit more on Outdoor Classroom Day.

PARENTS

I am a parent and want to influence my child’s school to get involved, can you help? 

Yes! If you are a parent of school-aged children, use this letter to ask their school to sign up and see if they would like you to help out on the day. Why not take your children outside after school on the day as well? You can sign up as a parent for additional information and inspiration.

Be prepared to be amazed!

Share your days on social media using #OutdoorClassroomDay:

Twitter: @OutdoorClassDay

Facebook: /outdoorclassroomday

Instagram: @OutdoorClassroomDay

Do be aware that you get involved at your own risk! Be prepared to be amazed…

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

Thanks for joining the movement we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂 Check out the resources tabs for ideas for the day – and to make learning and play part of every day!

Wohoo! Top marks for signing up!!!

Thanks for joining the movement, we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly. Time to play is critical for every child – share your moments with us by tagging #OutdoorClassroomDay and make every day a day to learn and play outdoors!

Wohoo! Top marks for signing up!!!

Thanks for joining the movement, we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly. Time to play is critical for every child – share your moments with us by tagging #OutdoorClassroomDay and make every day a day to learn and play outdoors!