The World from our Doorstep inspires and excites young children to explore and appreciate the world, to engage with the outdoor environment, and to broaden their horizons - both local and global!


Our children are growing up in an increasingly complex and global world, in which their lives are connected to people and places at the click of a button, or by the purchase of a chocolate bar! The skills and understanding needed to be a ‘global citizen’ are crucial for children as never before. Almost 9 in 10 of the British public agree that “global learning in school is crucial if issues (such as climate change or international poverty) are to be tackled in the future”. But engaging young children in learning about these challenging and complex issues can be difficult and daunting. We will work with pre-school practitioners, infant teachers, teaching assistants and other adult helpers, to build their confidence and expertise so that they can incorporate challenging and stimulating global learning into their day to day work with young children. Find out more about the project objectives and the activities that will be happening... Visit the gallery to see photos of the project in action.

How much do you know about the World from our Doorstep?

We started this project with a series of activities, carried out by 158 teachers, from 33 schools, in the four participating countries (UK, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Poland). These activities were designed to introduce teachers to the project themes of interconnectedness, fairness, and sustainability, and together they form a World from our Doorstep Practitioner Audit. They are participatory, active, and give an opportunity for teachers to reflect on what they know - or think they know - about global education and development issues. If you'd like to use these activities to introduce global education with your colleagues, you can downloaded the step by step Practitioner Audit here. We then collated and analysed the results, and you can read about the findings in our Practitioner Audit Report.

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

What we do

Developing the use of outdoor/experiential learning to introduce development issues to young children through the concepts of interconnectedness, sustainability and fairness

Making Links

Making Links

What we do

Making links with food producers and rural craftspeople so that the project themes are relevant and real to children

Focus Groups

Focus Groups

What we do

Working with practitioners in regular Focus Groups to introduce learning resources such as the Meet Zogg storybook and topic boxes, and develop new activities and classroom resources alongside practitioners

Engage Parents & Families

Engage Parents & Families

What we do

Supporting practitioners to develop ways to engage parents and families in learning about the project themes

Project Partners

CDEC is grateful for funding from the European Union and the Big Lottery 'Awards for All' which has supported the World from our Doorstep.