Sandcastle’s Outdoor Spaces
Children at Sandcastles enjoy over 3/4 of an acre of outdoor space. Our Nursery has been designed so that each age group has direct access to their own garden area which is specifically designed and resourced for their ages and stages of development. Much of these areas are under cover enabling the children to access all that is on offer throughout the year.
Each of these areas are spacious allowing the scope of play/learning opportunities to only be limited by the children’s own imagination and as we we all know, children have wonderful imaginations! These gardens have areas of grass carpeting for large construction play, making dens, sharing stories, role play, climbing and so the list goes on. There are mud kitchens, sand and water play, wheeled toy areas, a tree house, a stage, fairy cottage, woodwork area, investigation areas and so much more.
All areas of the Curriculum are accessed daily by the children within these specifically designed outdoor spaces but in addition we have a very large grass garden that all the children have access to. This has our now infamous hill with the tunnel running through it, slides, climbing ropes and climbing walls. This garden is also home to our allotments giving the children farm to fork opportunities.. The large grass space ensures children have space to move freely, play team games and use the bats and balls. Children enjoy and benefit from so much more than this… too much to document here! We hope the photos give you an insight but please do come and see it for yourself.
Ofsted Report 2013 Children’s physical development is given an extremely high priority. Children are clearly developing a love of the outdoors and recognise the benefits of fresh air and exercise. They eagerly put on waterproof ponchos and enjoy splashing in puddles in the rain. Children also show increasing control and coordination using different wheeled toys and physical apparatus on the pathways. Ofsted 2013