Outdoor Learning

Children go outdoors every day and activities take place in all weathers. The outdoor areas in each of our nurseries have been specially designed and imaginatively resourced with multisensory gardens, raised vegetable beds, willow dens, tree houses, large sand pits and natural woodland areas.

Inspired by forest school* practice we make good use of the natural resources found in the nursery gardens and woodland environments; exploring nature trails; making dens and mud kitchens; climbing areas; sheltered places  for children to listen to stories and share their own tales and observing wildlife. Wood piles and wild flowers attract insects and small mammals and the children are encouraged to investigate & explore and respect all living things. The nursery team support the child’s learning-responding to their sense of awe and wonder of the natural world.

"The mud kitchen in the garden suddenly becomes a first-class restaurant where toddlers use berries, leaves, water and mud to make the most delicious 'soup'. Staff skilfully use this activity to support children develop their mathematical knowledge by counting the ingredients in the pot and working out portion amounts, while also extending children's awareness of shape, size, solids and liquids."  Ofsted Outstanding 2013 

Outdoor activities:

• provide the flexibility and freedom for child-initiated, experimental learning which increases motivation and concentration.

• encourage the development of physical skills; co-ordination; manipulation and strength while
developing an understanding of risk and building self-confidence.

• increase health and well-being

• develop strong social skills & improve communication and co-operation with the ability to work in
groups

• develop a sense of trust and achievement, self-esteem and confidence

• encourage problem solving and creative skills

*The development of Forest School began in Britain in the mid-1990s; it is based on a Scandinavian idea developed in the 50’s focusing on teaching children about the natural world.