Question Q – “I'm a TA in a foundation stage classroom and we have free flow. Teachers don't have any outside days, only TAs, and there is no planning for the outside environment. I often think of activities to do myself, basing it on the curriculum where I can. As the outdoor area is part of the whole setting, should there be some planning or … [Read more...] about Should there be planning for the outdoors environment?
FAQS Outdoor Play
Do nurseries have set outdoor times or free flow all day?
Question – Q – “I currently work in a pre-school room in a private day nursery and i was just wondering how does everyone do outdoor play is it free flow play or do you have set times." Answers – A – “We have set times but within that time children can choose where they want to be” A – “Set times as building on first floor, garden on … [Read more...] about Do nurseries have set outdoor times or free flow all day?
What do settings do about ice on their playgrounds ?
Question Q – “What do settings do in this frosty/icy weather on their playgrounds, as we are obviously keen for the children to continue to play outside in all weathers?Pretty much all 'grit or salts' recommend to keep children away and could be unsafe? Also do people put grit/salt down on their settings driveways and paths? (Again there is a … [Read more...] about What do settings do about ice on their playgrounds ?
How does a free flow setting work?
Question Q – "Does anyone else do free flow in their settings and how is it working and what areas do u have?" Answer – A – “You may find this article useful The benefits of Free Flow Play” A – “We do,we just keep the door open at all times and we have all the 7 areas of learning outside too.(it does get a bit chilly at times but we … [Read more...] about How does a free flow setting work?
How can I enhance my outside area?
Question Q - "Hi I'm in my 2nd year of an early years degree. I'm at a new placement which is child initiated and do lots of play outside. Could anyone help with ideas to enhance an area outside and activities?" Answers A - Here are two different approaches you may like to take when enhancing the outdoors one involves lots of man made … [Read more...] about How can I enhance my outside area?