Outdoor play matters!
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.
Supporting practitioners well being is what we do best!
The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is extremely important to us at Kidzrus.
We have policies and strategies in place and have also appointed two trained Mental Health First Aiders, Anna Rollinson and Laura Shaw who can give colleagues one to one support over the telephone or in person. We have also recently produced a Wellbeing Self Help Guide, which gives guidance in common areas that affect our mental and physical wellbeing from the NHS and other recognised health and social care professional bodies.
The mental and physical health of our team forms part of our Quality Improvement Plan and is regularly reviewed. As part of our commitment to promoting strong mental and physical health each setting has the opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities from pampering sessions, fitness classes to Group social events.