Our children are encouraged to get outdoors as much as possible for plenty of fresh air and exercise.
The main garden is unusually large, with a dedicated area for planting and digging, and other nature projects. It has a good sized decking area, which can be used for both active (such as skittles or other ball games) and quiet games or construction activities. There is plenty of room for children to climb, ride trikes or pedal cars and run around, as well as dedicated areas for quiet or imaginary play and reading.
The space is shared by children from the Angelfish and Starfish Rooms, encouraging the older children to take on a nurturing role and helping the younger ones to become used to mixed age groups.
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, painting, bubble-blowing and nature projects - or the freedom to play as they choose.
There are areas for sand and water play and a mud kitchen, with waterproof clothing and wellington boots readily available (and compulsory) for the messier activities.