Footprints

The vast majority of children have few connections with the natural world. The dangers of such impoverishment to children’s sensitivity, creativity and understanding of life are immense. CCI shows how important it is to enable children to reconnect and open doors that have been closed for far too many children for far too long.
John Bangs, former Head of Education at NUT, Honorary Fellow at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education

CCI's Footprints programme works in local wild spaces. It supports communities to play, learn and work together by making first-hand and creative connections. Through workshops, supported projects, and programmes of professional development, we engage with children, families, carers and educators of all ages, in all kinds of spaces - from country parks and local nature reserves to Victorian cemeteries and reclaimed brick works.

Read about the impact of this work here or explore the items below - playing with the filters will sort them according to your interests.

Our Footprints resources celebrate and share elements from a number of our recent Footprints projects. Our first Fantastical Guide for the Wildly Curious invites you to see Hinchingbrooke Country Park in extraordinary ways, and four smaller booklets collect together the stories, fascinations, and experiences of young children exploring their local wild spaces (Outside/InsideA Story of Smallness and Light37 ShadowsTrail of Curiosity and Imagination). Running into adventure is a short film about the different opportunities for both physical and imaginative exploring with two and three year olds.  'Here I come to the jungle' illustrates how storying has become a particular focus for the reception classes in the nearby primary school.

CCI has a close partnership with Spinney Primary School in south Cambridge which has a small tangled woods on its doorstep. Our work with children, educators, families and the wider community can be explored here.

Schools, families and individuals can all get involved in our Footprints projects – look at our events for information on what is happening next, or follow our project diaries to see where we are currently working. An evaluation report from the 2012 supported projects commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council's Early Years Service with two early years settings in the county is here.