BY PAULA WRIGHT, NURSERY MANAGER
As lockdown is lifting, we’re all racing to get outdoors and enjoy trips to places like the park. At nursery, we know how vital outdoor play is to your child’s development because we see the benefits of it every day.
Paula Wright is the nursery manager at Birstall Rainbow Nursery. She has spent her career in early years education and has been at Rainbow for over 25 years.
As lockdown is lifting, we’re all racing to get outdoors and enjoy trips to places like the park. Parents will be especially keen to get their children enjoying activities outside after months stuck inside during the winter lockdown.
But getting outdoors isn’t only important because of the change of scene after months indoors! At nursery, we know how vital outdoor play is to your child’s development because we see the benefits of it every day.
Rainbow Nursery has Birstall’s best outdoor play area. Our secure outdoor play area is even larger than our indoor space, with countless opportunities to learn, play and grow whatever the weather. Here are six ways that your child benefits from playing outdoors at nursery:
To help develop their motor and
physical skills, your child needs to be able to use their whole body. Younger
children will benefit from the different environment as they crawl or begin
For older children, the outdoor play area gives them the space to do this as they run, jump, climb or ride bikes. We have different equipment to support this, such as the climbing frame, rope course and slide. However, the outdoor environment also gives them opportunities to develop their fine motor skills through activities with their hands – such as moving stones in our dumper truck area or collecting natural materials in our bug garden.
Outdoor play will also support other areas of your child’s
development and our outdoor area has activities to support all seven areas of
early years development. For example, children will develop their imagination
and creativity as they make use of our mud-kitchen with their friends.
Activities like counting leaves and natural materials will help them to develop
their mathematics skills and their social skills will benefit from playing outdoors
with their friends.
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We know that some children prefer to learn outside, so at
nursery we provide all children with the same opportunities to learn and
develop their skills both inside and outside. For example, we have a dedicated
reading area outside so that a child who prefers to learn outside can develop
their literacy in the best place for them.
Research shows that very young children mainly learn through sensory and physical experiences, which support their brain development. Outdoor play helps to increase the range of these experiences throughout their day.
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your child will benefit from activities to help boost their independence and
confidence. For many children, this is the only opportunity they have to play
safely while learning to assess risk – for example as they cross a balancing
beam. Outdoors they will also develop the skills to manage new situations,
giving them the confidence to try new things.
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Learning outdoors provides unique experiences that your
child won’t get indoors. At its most basic, it will help them to learn about
the weather, the changing seasons and the world around them as they experience
the outdoor area at different times of the year.
However, we also provide outdoor activities to help them learn more about natural world. For example, your child will help to water and look after plants in our vegetable garden, learn about the different bugs that live in our bug hotel and collect natural materials in the garden that can be used to create artwork. These beneficial experiences are unique to play outdoors.
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Playing outdoors at nursery age can help your child to
develop healthy habits for life as they start to understand that being active
helps to keep their body healthy.
At this age, we also know that physical activity outdoors helps your child to burn off energy and this can help them to sleep, eat and live more healthily. This is also true in younger children – research shows that babies sleep better at night if they have had fresh air and sunshine during the day.
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Rainbow Nursery in Birstall cares for children from 6 weeks old until school age. The longest running nursery in Birstall, we have been open for over 30 years. We are open all year around, Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.
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