Outdoor play is a natural enhancement and extension of our indoor environment and the children can freely access our safe and secure outdoor play areas from the playroom. Playing outside provides opportunities for children to use all their senses, to experience wonder and enchantment, to work on a larger scale, to develop their motor skills, learn how exercise can be fun and to enjoy a greater sense of freedom and independence.
We see outdoors as a classroom in itself and we take the children out in all types of weather. Each week the children take part in a fun filled fitness program with our qualified sports instructor. This helps them develop their gross motor skills, spacial awareness and learn exercise can be fun.
Each Tiddlywinks Nursery has its very own “Mud Kitchen” in the sensory and planting area of the garden, this area is where children can explore the mud and soil using a variety of utensils, pots and pans. Using their imagination to rein act and role model whilst exploring their wonderful “Mud Kitchen.”
Exploring the outdoor areas and discovering in another environment is a ke aspect for the learning and development of children, at Tiddlywinks we aim to play outdoors whenever possible. From our most recent Ofsted inspection of Tiddlywinks Blackley site Ofsted said: “The outdoor learning environment is inspirational. Staff embrace the opportunities for children to learn outdoors and they recognise the many different ways in which children learn. For example, children plant seeds that help increase their mathematical knowledge and awareness.”