This week the Nursery has introduced full ‘free flow’ play. This means that the nursery children will have access to the nursery garden for the vast majority of their session.
All the indoor activities have been moved into the large playroom to allow the outside area increased supervision. The garden door will be open during all weathers and children will be able to choose whether they learn and play inside or outside.
“There is a growing body of research that shows that young children’s access to nature and outdoor play is positively associated with improved self-esteem, physical health, development of language skills and disposition to learning.” (Davy, 2009 (57))(1)
The children have already been enjoying the greater access to the nursery garden this small change has provided.
We can provide waterproofs for the children on wet days but, to help the smooth running of free flow, parents are being asked to supply their child with a pair of wellies to be left in nursery and ensure they bring a bag with a change of clothes everyday.
Lastly a reminder that you can check out Westfield Nursery’s learning journey, for the term, on our sway.