We believe the natural environment provides children with the freedom and opportunity to learn through exploration and self-directed play. Confidence and emotional intelligence are an important basis for personal development and these attributes are nurtured in a natural learning environment where children are able to develop their curiosity, and creativity, as well as build an awareness and respect of natural living things.
At both nurseries we have our own allotments for the children to:
- Grow vegetables and herbs to use, taste and learn how they grow.
- Grow flowers which can be used in activities such as flower pressing and perfume making.
- Collect materials for use in the mud kitchen and other activities within the nursery.
We work hard to provide as many opportunities for children to explore and learn as possible. Sometimes this is best served outside of the nursery by means of spontaneous trips to the library, park or shop and we also have a great relationship with a local care home.
At every opportunity children are encouraged to embrace their local community to gain an understanding of the world around them, which in turn builds their confidence and stimulates their desire to learn. In order to do this we have a range of buggies and “turtle buses” so that we can get out and about.