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At Robert Owen we believe it is essential for young children to have free access to outdoor play as an integral part of their time with us. It builds the muscles and it builds their minds. The nursery garden is open every day for the children and they can choose freely when to take their play and learning outside. We expect the children to go out in all weathers. We have waterproof clothing and spare wellies to help the children stay warm and dry when it is wet. We provide sunhats, sun cream and encourage children to wear long sleeved tops when it is hot. The sun, wind, snow and rain provide rich experiences to support children’s understanding of their world.
Open, friendly environment and a strong focus on outdoor play' (PS2016)
In recent years there has been a cultural shift in our society that has reduced the access and use of outdoors for many young children. Contributory factors include increased fear amongst adults in relation to children’s safety and technological advances leading to an overwhelming prominence of more sedentary indoor activities, such as television, video and computer games. These factors can negatively impact on a child’s natural zest for exploration and movement.
We believe It is essential that young children get frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in the outdoor environment and this should not be seen as an optional extra.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum places strong emphasis on the importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development. read more information.................
'The facilities particularly the garden and forest school are good. Some of the staff are brilliant and have a huge amount of experience. The centre does look at each child as an individual and thinks about how to help them.' (PS2016)