Outdoor Learning in a Nursery Setting
From nature walks and planting seeds to outdoor craft and play, all of the children in our care experience a form of forest education to enjoy playing and exploring outside, develop independence, and understand more about the world they live in.
Being outside has huge benefits for everyone, no matter their age, so at Derwent Stepping Stones we felt it was important to make sure we created some form of outdoor learning nursery for children to experience. Our nursery settings are now able to enjoy a range of different activities in different natural environments that give children the opportunity to explore outdoor spaces independently, and learn and assess their own surroundings and abilities.
With the help of our wonderful friends at Pattonair, we’ve even been able to create our own forest garden at our St Marks Road setting, which is accessed directly from our main outdoor area. Once you enter the forest garden, you feel transported into nature. Our children love the different activities available for them within the forest garden, which covers all aspects of the early years’ curriculum. We explore nature throughout the seasons, watching with wonder as plants grow, water freezes and rain makes the best mud for the mud kitchen.