No space? No problem!
6 April 2009Add to My Folder
Not all settings have access to a large outdoor area, but by organising your resources creatively, even the smallest space can provide positive outdoor experiences for everyone, as Tracey Godridge explains
Reducing the effort of getting resources out and clearing them away is one of the most effective steps to take when setting up provision for outdoor play. Providing the children with the opportunity to choose equipment, and be in charge of their play as it happens, lets adults focus more on supporting learning outdoors, rather than setting up or tidying away resources. This has a positive impact on the quality of play and on staff interactions with the children.
Pipsqueaks Day Nursery
Pipsqueaks Day Nursery is a privately-owned day nursery on the Isle of Sheppey. It has very limited outdoor space on-site, little more than an alley. The staff recognise the importance of the children accessing outdoors and regularly take them to a local memorial park, but they were keen to improve the outdoor learning at the setting and also enrich their learning experiences in the local public places.
Making the most of limited space
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