Outdoor Provision

Children at Tiddlywinks are able to access the exceptional outdoor environments on a daily basis, the outdoor environment has its own unique characteristics and features. Outdoor learning has positive impacts on children's well-being and development, it is enhanced by an environment that is richly resourced with play materials that can be adapted and used in different ways.

The outdoor areas, purposely built and resourced using parent/child feedback, encourages learning across all areas and offers great opportunities and space for free movement and exploring the environment. It is our view that there is no better learning environment for birth to 5 years than the great outdoors which is why each child’s key group experiences a range of activities outdoors on a daily basis, (with this in mind please provide your child with labelled appropriate outdoor clothing & footwear for the weather). The children have opportunities to use the garden/greenhouse areas, giant sand pit and spacious water area where they can use their instinctive nature to play and explore, developing new skills through active learning. The children’s developing mobility, balance, co-ordination and loco-motor skills are also encouraged through the range of climbing and balancing equipment, wobbly bridge and stepping logs. To engage the children’s interactions and linking their understanding of the community and their own experiences there are large resources for role play and imaginative games such as the giant wooden train, large role play house and builder’s yard for the children to create their own imaginative stories, and create their own craft models and pictures in the creative corner.