Outdoor play is a completely natural enhancement and extension of our indoor environment and we ensure that the children have opportunity to freely access our safe and secure outdoor play areas from their playrooms. Playing outside provides many amazing opportunities for children to use all their senses, to experience wonder and enchantment, to work on a much larger scale, to develop their motor skills, to learn how exercise and be active so that they can have fun and to enjoy a greater sense of freedom and independence.
We see outdoors as a classroom without a roof and we take the children out in all types of weather – there’s no such thing as bad weather… you just need to have appropriate clothing! Our children take part in a fun filled fitness program with our colleagues to help them develop their gross motor skills, spacial awareness and learn exercise can be fun.
In addition to other external resources, each Kidzrus Nursery has its very own “Mud Kitchen” in the sensory and planting area of the garden where the children can be free to explore the mud and soil using a variety of utensils, pots and pans. Also, our Forest School in Swinton has chickens and rabbits as well as a fire pit. Under the close supervision of the Forest School Leader, the children can really get a true taste of learning outdoors.