The importance of outdoor play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many studies that show the positive impact that outdoor
play has on young children and how these specific features and
stimulus of the outdoor environment cannot be replicated
inside. The reason for this is because the outdoors provides
diverse learning opportunities. The outdoor environment naturally
changes. Therefore, each outdoor session brings something new
to children. It provides children the opportunity and freedom to
explore, experiment, understand the world we live in, as well as
developing their physical development and making contact with
natural elements.


Outdoor play has major health benefits too. Children need to be
exposed to natural light and open air for bone development,
stronger immune system and physical activity. For this reason, we
take full advantage of our outdoor facilities at Little Crickets Day
Care. We really value the outdoors and the health benefits it
brings.


From an early age, we encourage children to be active as we
believe that this not only benefits children now but also their health
at a later stage. With the growing increase of obesity, we
encourage children to get into good health habits such as keeping
active. When children are outside their sense of discovery guides
them to make an emotional connection towards the environment.
Ofsted has stated: ‘Nurseries must not shy away from letting
children take risks’. In agreement with this, the outdoors enables
children to take risks, develop their muscular strength, dexterity
and provides fantastic opportunities for children to discover and
use their natural instincts to guide them. Stopping children from
going on trips, climbing or exploring the outdoors because of
‘safety worries’ is preventing children from learning from their
mistakes. Making safer choices is a skill that children need to learn
as part of their development.


At Little Crickets, we regularly take children to the forest area
which enables them to gain vital skills such as persistence,
entrepreneurship, self-knowledge, problem solving, teamwork and
negotiating. We encourage children to use natural resources which
is a great way to develop their imaginative play. Overall, we
strongly value outdoor play at Little Crickets.

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