The Outdoor Play Environment – The Values of outdoor play
“Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children’s development”
“Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and scales than when indoors”
“It gives children first hand contact with the weather, seasons and the natural world.
“Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant”
All children will be provided with the opportunity to go outdoors whether they attend the centre full time, part time, mornings or afternoons.
We provide a varied, fun and stimulating experience at all times. Activities will be interesting and at the same time physically challenging.
Stay and play visits – tailored transition visits from home to nursery
These sessions are for all new children and their families to visit us after they have been allocated a place.
Children begin to make those important relationships with staff and explore their new environment.
We feel that during the stay and play visits we can really begin to make those important bonds with families and get to know them on a personal level.
We have found that parents feel much more at ease at the end of the visits, especially about leaving their child with us.
The staff team will be very understanding at all times and provide lots of support and reassurance to families.
We run regular parent workshop for families. We feel it is very important that parents are involved in their child’s learning and development. During the workshops we aim to increase parent’s knowledge about play and help them to understand the importance of positive interactions with their child. Parents are given lots of explanations about play and learning as well as ideas for play activities. We want them to then transfer and use this new knowledge at home. We aim to build parents confidence by being positive role models, modelling play and using both verbal and non-verbal language during the workshops.
Below are photographs of our very successful play dough workshop we ran this year.
Fruit picking - July 2017
We visited our school orchid and picked some fresh fruit to have for our snack. We walked carefully up the big stairs and through school to get to the garden. We enjoyed being outdoors and exploring the trees and plants. We did lots of talking, sharing and listening. It is important to provide the children with opportunities to explore their natural environment and become aware of their surroundings. Encouraging children to enjoy and eat healthy snacks and meals is also very important to us.