Frequently Asked Questions

REGISTRATION

How do I register? 

Go to the Outdoor Classroom Day webpage www.outdoorclassroomday.com and scroll down to the “JOIN US!” area and click on the tab that most closely fits you:

TEACHER, PARENT or PARTNER

Please note that we are also developing websites specific for different countries and in different languages -keep checking back for more information about this.

Can I change my details after I have submitted them? 

Register again (using the same school or organisation name) and we will update them for you. Or you can email us to tell us the changes in details: 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 who are taking part.

The registration function on the website is not working, what shall I do? 

It should be… please email us and let us know: info@outdoorclassroomday.com15

Can nurseries 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 by clicking on the teacher tab and registering your nursery as a school.

GENERAL

Can you send me more information please? 

Yes, once you have signed up you should be emailed more info within a week. In the meantime there are also lots of great resources on the website so have a click around and see if there is anything you find inspiring.

I have contacted you previously but have had no response, can you update me please? 

Sorry, hopefully that is because we have been inundated with schools signing up. We will get back to you as soon as possible. If you haven’t heard from us within a week pop us an email: info@outdoorclassroomday.com

Can I hold an event on Outdoor Classroom Day if I am not a teacher? 

Yes! Whatever your age, spend some time on Thursday 6th October, playing and learning outside, some of the most fun and creativity happens when you are in the great outdoors.

Many outdoor learning and play organisations run special activities on Outdoor Classroom Day for local schools. If that 16

is you then click on the partner tab and let us know what you are going to do on the day.

If you are a Nursery, Kindergarten, After School Group, Play organisation or Youth Group, or even a university, you can get involved! Just sign up as a school and then just add a note. The more the merrier – and you will have something wonderful to share.

If you are a parent of school aged children, ask their school to sign up and see if they would like you to help out.

Remember to take your children outside after school on the day, if you click on the “PARENT” tab to find out more information about why dirt is good.

Lastly if you would like to get involved yet none of the tabs quite fit, look through our partner info and find an organisation close to you and contact them and offer to volunteer on the day.

Do you have anything specific to early years? 

Many nursery and preschools are signed up to celebrate outdoor play and learning on Thursday 6th October. As nursery schools really lead the way in taking their children outside many of the resources on this website are focused on slightly older children, but some of the activities on the resource page are useful for early years, we particularly like some of the activities in the mission explore downloadable book and we think some early years pupils will too.17

In my country we have school holidays on 6th October, how can we get involved? 

Ah ha, you are not the only one who has that problem! If your school is on holiday you can still register, download the resources and share your amazing day – just choose a day that works for you. If you would like a poster without a date on let us know! Find out more at: www.outdoorclassroomday.com

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

Brilliant! The countries we are looking at running big campaigns in to support Outdoor Classroom Day include: UK, Brazil, Turkey, Vietnam, Portugal, India, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Finland, France, Greece, China, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iran, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Bangladesh, Chile, Sri Lanka, and Thailand although others may join in too.

If your country isn’t on the list, or hasn’t got its own designated website yet, then simply sign up at: www.outdoorclassroomday.com

The most important thing is to get involved and to have a great day learning and playing outside! 18

I’m an NGO and interested in leading an Outdoor Classroom Day campaign in my country, how do I get involved? 

Fantastic! Please email info@outdoorclassroomday.com and we’ll get back to you with more information. Even if your target country isn’t on the list we should be able to support you with resources!

MEDIA/PRESS

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

Please contact us and we will send you some info: info@outdoorclassroomday.com

CORPORATES AND ORGANISATIONS

How can corporates get involved? 

Lots of organisations get involved in the day, spreading the word to their customer base and by providing offers for schools signed up on the day.

Click on the PARTNER tab on the website and fill in the form and we will be in touch.

We would like to help spread the word, what can we do? 

Please do, follow up on Facebook and twitter, let your contacts know about Outdoor Classroom Day, fill in the form when you click on the PARTNER tab and we can give you more information. 19

Could you help boost social media posts? Put up posters in your workplace? Help us print out posters or other resources? Maybe look at the books in the Teacher library and choose one to be professionally printed for a number of schools? There are lots of ways to get involved!

Most of all, plan to do something lovely outdoors on the day and let everyone know…

We love the idea, how can we get involved? 

Whatever your age, spend some time on Outdoor Classroom Day playing and learning outside – some of the most fun and creativity happens when you are in the great outdoors.

Many outdoor learning and play organisations run special activities on Outdoor Classroom Day for local schools. If that’s you, then click on the PARTNER tab and let us know what you are going to do on the day.

If you are a parent of school aged children, ask their school to sign up and see if they would like you to help out.

Remember to take your children outside after school on the 6th October -if you click on the “PARENT” tab you can find more information about why dirt is good.

Lastly, you are welcome to look through the partner information and find an organisation close to you -get in touch with them and offer to volunteer on the day. 20

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

Brilliant, click on the PARTNER tab and let us know all about it so we can promote it to schools signed up to the day.

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

Brilliant, click on the PARTNER tab and let us know all about it so we can promote it to schools signed up to the day.

We would like to co-brand a publication to support the day, can we do this? 

Please contact the global team on: info@outdoorclassroomday.com

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

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 Thursday 6th October. 21

PARENTS

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

Brilliant, let your child’s class teacher know about the day and ask them to sign up. Feel free to share any of the resources on the website with them if you think they will find them inspiring.

Keep an eye on www.dirtisgood.com for loads of ideas about how to take getting wild and outdoors home with you!

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside the classroom, supported by Unilever’s Dirt is Good brands and led by Project Dirt.

On the day schools across the world will be taking at least one class outdoors, teaching essential skills and raising awareness of the importance of play. We hope this will inspire schools everywhere to make outdoor learning and play a part of their school every day! With everyone’s support, we can make sure children everywhere enjoy their childhood and have the foundations they need for the life they want to live.

Play for today, prepared for tomorrow!

Find out how you can get involved and access all the resources at: www.outdoorclassroomday.com

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

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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 🙂