Our gardens and play areas are a revelation, particularly as passers-by often don’t even know they exist.
Children flourish outdoors, close to nature in the fresh air
We believe children flourish outdoors, close to nature in the fresh air. That’s why many of our nurseries have canopies that enable even the tiny tots to play outside when it’s drizzling. And they love it. Just make sure your child has a pair of wellies for bad weather and a sun hat and sun cream in the summer.
We balance safety, on the one hand, and children’s natural desire to take risks, on the other. So, our play areas with trikes, climbing frame and slides (these are standard in our nurseries) mainly have soft-play surfacing so that any fall is comfortably cushioned. Most of our nurseries also have shady, cosy areas where children can engage in quieter activities like painting, drawing or reading.
And don’t forget the under-twos. Some of our nurseries have special outdoor areas for them, where they can play without being disturbed by enthusiastic three-year-olds! The team just pick everything up and the babies and toddlers play outdoors with their treasure baskets, soft toys – and, of course, Teddy.
Older children, in particular, like a challenge. We’re all for that! Some of our nurseries have a second play area, often reached by a wicket gate, where the children can enjoy a bit of adventure, maybe in a small wooded area. Some of our other nurseries might have mud kitchens or large construction areas.
One or two are planning forest schools: a fantastic opportunity for your child to engage in achievable tasks and activities in woodland, maybe creating homes for mini beasts or cooking around a camp fire. Some of our staff are being trained for this exciting option now, and when we are confident the balance between safety (always paramount) and risk-taking is right, we will tell you more about them.
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