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Outdoor play is a vital part of children’s developmentwhatever the weather! Our gardens are spacious, well maintained and most importantly safe and secure. We have undercover areas to enable the babies and children to access the outdoors in all weather conditions and welcome wellies and waterproofs, splashing in puddles and dancing in the rain!
In September 2012, we began redeveloping the outside area. A new overhead canopy and soft floor area were introduced to the smaller of our two main outdoor play areas along with some beautiful wooden planters with a small digging area. During 2013 we intend to start the next phase of our garden re-development, sourcing a variety of plants and grasses to create a sensory area in the planters.
We endeavour to take indoor learning to the outdoor environment by creating cosy areas to look at or read books, paint, and draw. We encourage the children to engage in role-play using the various wooden houses to represent different aspects of the world/community in which we live and work. Children can be creative and artistic, building dens and constructing using natural resources. Undoubtedly physical development plays a huge part in time outside - climbing, running, skipping, riding bikes, throwing, catching and kicking balls. We are currently in the process of installing wooden climbing equipment in the pre-school garden!
A further focus for our gardens in 2013 is the introduction of an allotment and nature garden, to include a potting shed, bird table, ladybird house, spider web frames (to study the construction of webs) facilities to pot and water plants, composter and weather station.