“Outdoor Learning is a crucial element of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum…Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps with all aspects of children’s development…It offers opportuniities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than indoors. It gives children first hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world. It offers children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.”
“Acorns Jungle” – Our new outdoor learning area is up and running.
Having acquired a small wildnerness area, close to the setting, we began making transformations!
The children were consulted regarding all aspects, a plan was drawn, areas requested, resources ordered and staff trained. The name “Acorns Jungle” came from one of our children following an early visit to the area. At the moment Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday mornings and Thursday afternoon are designated to outdoor learning in the “Jungle”, with other sessions planned as ratios allow.
The transformation is a continual process.