Did you know that whilst your child is in the Early Years at school they should spend as much time learning outdoors as they do inside? The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, which covers children aged birth to the end of the Reception year, became statutory in September 2008 and places strong emphasis on the importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development. Hopefully this includes the use of some of our outdoor play equipment.
Learning outside supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. It also give children the opportunity to have contact with the natural world and offers experiences that can only happen outdoors, particularly because of the weather and seasons. Outdoor play nurtures their creativity, provides opportunities for children to develop their imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness as well as supporting their problem-solving skills
And, of course, the outdoor environment offers more space than indoors and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. For many children, playing outdoors at their early years setting may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations.
How much time do you think your child spends outside?