Outdoor movement education during COVID-19: What kindergarten teachers think


  • Patrizia Tortella Free University of Bolzano, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2553-9163
  • Rosaria Schembri University of Enna "Kore", Italy
  • Daniele Coco University of Roma tre, Italy
  • Mario Lipoma University of Enna "Kore", Italy


Outdoor education, Kindergarten, Physical activity, Outdoor movement education, COVID-19, Parks


During the lockdown physical activity had a decline. What is the status now? A questionnaire was administered to 69 kindergarten teachers in 11 Italian regions to investigate the outdoor physical activity of children. Twenty-six percent of them report that they implement activities in their school garden (67% have a space larger than150 sqm) or park; 42% report that children engage in 3 to 7 hours of physical activity per week, 51% from 1 to 2 hours per week, and 7% do no practice physical activity. In September-October 11% of teachers never go outside, in November-December 22% and in March-June 15%. 52% of teachers believe that children should not be taken outdoors because of cold, wind, or rain and 30% of parents agree that it is better if children do not go outside. 76% of teachers say that it is important for children to have contact with nature and 90% of teachers say that outdoor activities are not risky. Although teachers report that outdoor activities are a resource for kindergarten the data do not support this.


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Tortella, P., Schembri, R., Coco, D., & Lipoma, M. (2021). Outdoor movement education during COVID-19: What kindergarten teachers think. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 16(2proc), S752-S762. Retrieved from https://www.jhse.ua.es/article/view/2021-v16-n2-proc-outdoor-movement-education-covid-19-kindergarte

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