We strongly believe that children have a right to play outside as well as inside at all times and throughout every season. We have an extensive outdoor play area with access to climbing equipment, an enormous sand pit and a range of tricycle and bicycles. In addition, we also have a very large natural play area where we provide activities that are inspired by the Forest School approach. This area includes two mud kitchens and we celebrate 'International Mud Day' every year.
Partnership with Parents/Carers
Fundamentally we think that parents and carers are their child’s first and foremost educators. When a child first starts, we encourage their parents/carers to spend time in Willow to support them with settling in to Nursery life. We also have parent meetings and welcome parent/carers into the Nursery as visitors, volunteers or to help out at special events. Parents and carers are always welcome to come and join in the fun!
Learning through Interests and Schemas
It is very common for children at this age to practice things repeatedly. Many parents ask us if playing the same games over and over again is normal, or if they should worry about obsessions over characters such as ‘Thomas the Tank Engine ‘or ‘Peppa Pig’- this is all part of normal development. These small ‘obsessions’ relate to schemas and to how children make sense of the world. It is their way of practicing doing things and eventually, they will move on to new things.
We capture children’s schemas through observations and record them in their Learning Journeys.
Bluebells and Daisies
Activities in Bluebells and Daisies are created with the developmental needs of a two year old in mind. We allow plenty of space in the rooms so that children can extend their physical skills as well as play with their friends. We have enough resources to enable all children to play, but we also support them in developing their key skills, such as turn taking and sharing.
Children are encouraged to go outside every day and outdoor activities are planned for with the same care and attention as inside. We have climbing equipment, bicycles, a sand pit, water play and art activity stations to name just a few of the things on offer! Recently we have added a mud kitchen and extended our natural area to cater for Forest School inspired activities. We have a member of staff who is trained as a Forest School practitioner, leading on the development of this area of the curriculum. Children also grow their own vegetables and fruit and are able to explore our newly developed sensory area- this is all part of supporting the holistic development of the child.