At St Stephen’s Nursery we have a large garden for our children to play in. During each nursery session the doors are open and children are encouraged to be independent and move freely from the indoors to the garden to play and take part in activities.
We go out in all weathers and believe that “There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” In the winter children need to wear a warm waterproof coat, sturdy shoes, a hat and gloves. In the summer they need to have a sun hat.
In the nursery playing outdoors supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement and promoting a sense of wellbeing.
We follow many aspects of the Forest School approach in our garden and we have a mud kitchen, fire pit and allotment area where we grow our own fruit and vegetables. This approach to learning outside supports children’s problem solving skills and nurtures their creativity. As well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.