Our children are encouraged to get outdoors as much as possible for plenty of fresh air and exercise.
Children have direct access to the nursery garden, which has plenty of room for children to run around and ride trikes or pedal cars and the trees along the back of the garden provide plenty of shade in summer.
We have a dedicated area for growing vegetables and other seeds, we set up mud and water play activities and, in warmer weather, we make a shaded space for quieter activities like painting, drawing, games or reading. Sometimes we even take our mid-session snack outside for an open-air picnic! Waterproof clothing and wellington boots are readily available (and compulsory) for the messier activities.
When it's not being used by the school the nursery children have use of the large playing field which surrounds the nursery garden, with its swings and climbing equipment. Being a small nursery staff are also able to take the children out for walks to the park, the shops, restaurants and other local places of interest.
Both indoors and out, older children are encouraged to take on a nurturing role, helping the younger ones to try new activities and be aware of their safety.
Our skilled practitioners are always on hand to ensure the children's safety, help them to sort out conflict and to encourage learning opportunities that naturally emerge through play. They are highly trained to balance safety, on the one hand, with children's natural desire to take risks, on the other. Our play area has soft-play surfacing so that any fall is comfortably cushioned.
The garden is always alive and busy, with a choice of staff-led activities such as skipping, balancing, ball games, music making, bubble-blowing and nature projects - or the freedom to play as they choose.