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Early Years of Learning Outside the Classroom

The importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development is important for a fully rounded and developed child.

Healthy And Active Lifestyles

Learning outside the classroom 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.

Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills

Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.

Why our children need to get outside and engage with nature

More and more children today have less and less contact with the natural world. And this is having a huge impact on their health and development

The Importance of the outdoors to Childrens development.

Research has shown that young children need regular opportunities to explore and learn in the outdoor environment. At Select Childcare outside play is never ‘slotted in’ or ‘rationed’ to just a few minutes in the day. Children have free access to the garden. Outdoor play is never seen as an optional extra. 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. Here at Select Childcare we have the advantage of a small number of children and a 3:1 staff ratio of Level six childminders. Our staff also have an outdoor school qualification. This coupled with an 8 seat people carrier means we regularly get out in to the big wide world for adventures. Our regular visits to the woods, National trust parks, beaches and parks means your child is no stuck in a room all day.

The Great Outdoors: Here is what Select Childcare get up to on a day out.

Childrens play houe

After School Pick up Service

Here at Select Childcare we offer an after school pick up service. We are not restricted to the 9 – 3 of many nurseries. Our after school service will usually involve a trip to the park and picnic. Children who have been restricted to a class room for most of the day can run in the woods or play in the park. Some after school activities involve a forest adventure where children are taught camp fire skills with a flint stick and building shelters.

School Holidays

We are open during school holiday for fun and adventures: To the beach or in the woods, Camp fires and Barbecues, den and shelter building; Arts and crafts, music and dancing; cooking and baking ; Gardening and water play, alternatively, on cold winter evenings a cosy chair and TV or gaming till home time.


Here at Select Childcare our high staff to child ratio enables us to go on lots of trips to the surrounding area in our people carrier

A Day In The Woods : January 2016

All dressed for the winter

A Day On The Beach

Exploring the rock pools of Exmouth

Monday Exploring Exeter

Today we went exploring Exeter and watched the lady making fudge.

Today we went exploring Exeter and watched the lady making fudge.

Exploring Exeter

Today the children had a walk around Exeter. One of our children, Ollie, was very knowledgeable and we allowed him to take the lead in some instances. Lunch time was a picnic on the grass in the castle grounds. The children were all very keen to tell their parents what they had seen on their outing.


Tuesday: A Trip to the Museum

Museums offer a dynamic opportunity to expose children to experiences and explore new things in a rich and educational environment. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on play, children have the ability to take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore their own curiosities. Taking children to museums opens their eyes to different ideas and perspectives that are relevant to their lives. This kind of exposure can help develop higher critical and creative thinking skills, which are integral to future success. The Royal Albert Museum in Exeter is set out wonderfully for children. On arrival all of the children found suitcases packed with Childrens fancy dress costumes. The children chose a combination of bumble bee costumes and owl costumes which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Tuesday a trip to the museum

Today we went to Exeter museum

Today we went to Exeter museum

Wednesday Forest School

Today we light a fire in the woods and toasted marshmellows

Forest school

Toasting Marshmallows

Forest School sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. At Forest School children can develop their team working skills and also learn to become more independent. The ‘wild’, and yet controlled, safe environment of Forest School ensures that children taking part naturally learn to assess risk and are encouraged to make sensible and informed decisions about how to deal with unfamiliar and unpredictable situations (such as exploring or climbing trees, using tools to build shelters and dens). Much of the learning for a child comes as a result of the opportunities they have for testing their own abilities in a real life context. Today the children helped to prepare a fire and light it with flint sticks. The y all then went and found their own long stick to toast marsh mellows on. The children put the warm marsh mellows between chocolate biscuits to make a “yummy snack”. Lunch was BBQ hot dog rolls. The parents stated the following day all of the children were elated and totally worn out.

Play time at the park

Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to accelerate emotional, social, motor and cognitive development. Playgrounds provide critical space for children to be given opportunities to move and be encouraged to advance into the next stage of development, because through play they can develop advanced fine motor and manipulation skills. The lack of physical fitness among children poses a danger to their health as adults, and playground equipment is one avenue to promote physical activity of children. The Childrens imagination is let loose in a playground and is great to see the children in role play and running from imaginary dragons and climbing castles. This social interaction and physical development is crucial for a well-rounded child to survive in our society..

Thursday playing in the park

Today we all went to the park

Today we all went to the park