Outside play is valued as an essential learning resource within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), particularly within the principle of ‘Enabling Environments’. The EYFS states:
Being outdoors has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children's development.
Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.
It gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world.
Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.'
We offer play every day in our two on site areas (garden and playground) and also have weekly forest school sessions taught by our very own forest school teacher. This takes place within the primary school grounds. By giving daily outdoor access to children we are providing them with a basic need for well being, high quality play, and deep involvement. We are simultaneously helping to satisfy their strong urge to explore and make sense of their world.
The Outdoor Environment gives children the freedom to: run, climb, throw, investigate, explore, dig, grow, nurture, discover, invent, experiment, create, construct, interact, talk, make friends, hide, relax, imagine, tell stories, find patterns, make marks, make music, have responsibility, be independent, excited, energetic, adventurous, noisy… Therefore, please consider the weather and dress your child accordingly.