An all weather surface will provide babies with the opportunity to explore the outdoors from the moment they arrive when they are non mobile through to crawling, walking and then running. As the children get older our garden offers them the opportunity to develop their movement and skills in a larger space. All children will have an opportunity to go outside during all sessions and discover the feeling of being in fresh air, and experiencing all different elements in the natural world. Our primary school age children enjoy the opportunities provided by our outdoor space after their school day, often sharing the activities with their younger siblings and friends. This all weather surface will provide the opportunity to use the whole garden every day of the year, whatever the weather, which is so important for all our children.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our children access the outside every day. The current outdoor play space is inaccessible for the majority of the winter months, due to the grass becoming extremely slippery, and changing into a large area of mud, the safety of our children is paramount, but being outside is essential for young children's well being and development. Currently the children enjoy planting and growing, and the new design of the garden will still encourage the children to continue with this opportunity to explore the natural world, but the new surface will provide them with the opportunity to be outside every day whatever the weather. Our garden will be open on a Saturday in June as part of the Walberton Open Gardens Day. Our garden is used at weekends during Community Playcentre events, and when the setting is hired for private parties. We are continuing to develop opportunities for the Playcentre and garden to provide opportunities for children's play within the wider community.
Steps to get it done:
An accessible outdoor space that can be used all year, in all weathers, will offer our children the best start in life. Being outside is essential for our childrens wellbeing, supports their physical development, encourages exploration, problem solving, co-operation, language, and most importantly gives them a great deal of enjoyment. We are fortunate that our setting also enables our children to go out on to the Parish Recreation field, exploring a large area of grass for play, but our fenced garden provides children with the opportunity to choose to play inside or outside every day. The babies and toddlers will have all their play area covered in a soft surface, enabling them to explore and learn on a rubber mulched area and artificial grass. The older children will still have a patio to ride their wheeled toys, but the rest of their garden will have artificial grass, for a wide variety of activities encouraging them to develop and learn outside.
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