We have an extensive garden/ outdoor environment and a separate garden for the babies however, all children are able to socialise with their peers. Outdoor play is a key factor at Field View Day Nursery, so children have free-flow play throughout the day, and we value that sustained periods of play in a rich and stimulating outdoor environment offer a wide range of benefits for babies, toddlers and young children.
Learning outside supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. It gives them contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
Outdoor play also supports children’s all-round development such as problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
In our outdoors environment the children are involved in looking after and maintaining the space/ resources they also support the tribe to grow our own fruit and vegetables, free from pesticides and genetic modification we also have a field next door which is looked after by the EcoSerenity Project – Barton Community Farm which houses chickens with the possibility of some pigs to join the chickens. This enables our children to have hands on learning to go explore and gain knowledge and understanding of how and where produce comes from, healthy living, how to care for living things and lifecycles which supports hands on learning and lifecycles.
It is also a good way to teach and support our children to try and explore with a variety of foods which in turn encourages them eat more of their ‘5 a day’.
Our spacious outdoor environment is on offer every day and regardless of the weather as we value that the environment is the third teacher we value the benefits of children exploring all the elements, embracing each season such as observing the leaves changing, shadows from the sun, frost for the first time or plants starting to grow. We even use recycled/ reclaimed loose parts and materials to develop children’s curiosity, awe and wonder such as a bathtub for a fwild flowers or a fairy garden, pallets for sand area or climbing. In our spacious outside environment ALL children have the ability to take risks and learn and become who they want to be with tribe members who respond to their interests and support and stretch their curiosity, awe and wonder in partnership with the parents.