“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.”
A few of years ago we acquired a small area a short walk from the setting, and began our 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. We use the “Jungle” on a regular basis for outdoor learning and physical challenges.