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Outdoor Play

the best classroom and richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.

Margaret McMillian

Outdoor play has a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and helps with their development. Play has a vital role in children’s learning and they begin to understand the environment and their surroundings. Which is where the saying “learning through play” comes about. Children will be able to explore in more ways then they would if they were indoors. They will use a range of senses and experience first hand: smells, textures and sounds.

While outside there are many areas of learning that can be covered such as, Communication and Language, Maths and Expressive arts and Design, to name a few. Being from a Nursery/School background, I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), when I plan and arrange activities.

Bug Hunting

Resources used for day out

So my little boy (3) is really into bugs as most children are at this age. He was very excited to show me his bug hunting kit that he had received over the weekend. The minibeast sheets I got off the website Twinkl. We headed to Heartwood Forest to start our adventure. This National Park has so much room to roam around and explore the great outdoors and plenty of places to look for bugs, especially Langley Woods. We spent a few hours here looking around and counting dogs, this park is popular with dog walkers, then we finished the morning with a picnic.

Den building in the woods

My favourite places to go

Over the years I have worked with many children and have visited lots of places. It was not until this year that I decided to keep note of some of the best locations (link is included), I have been lucky to work with families that allow me to take their children out and about. I hope you enjoy the list and go out to explore with your little ones. I will do my best to keep updating it.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/ShpYLvAcnjkbisDB6

Back to routine

I go back to work in September after two months holiday, I work as a term-time Nanny, as much as I have enjoyed the time off, I am so ready to get back into routine. It might sound crazy but I want to hear my alarm go off in the morning, I want to commute to work and I want to be busy running around after my charges. I have spent the last week organising my work wardrobe and planning activities/ideas for the upcoming weeks.

Update

First week is over and I am glad to be back at work. Settling into my new routine and adjusting to looking after two boys 3 years old and 7 months (before the holidays I had one boy). We took it easy this week and went to the park and the library but planner is at the ready and playgroups, rhyme time and outings are all in place for the weeks to come.