Outdoor Education

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“The best kept classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky.”

Margaret McMillan (c.1925)

There is a huge focus on Outdoor play at Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools. Outdoor time is one of the best things we can do for children’s health, education and well-being. The Outdoor Area provides young children with one of the best possible environments in which to learn. Any adult who has watched children playing in a well-planned and well-resourced outdoor area will have observed the joy and excitement they experience as they learn new skills and make fresh discoveries. At Cheeky Cherubs, the children have the opportunity to go outdoors every day, regardless of the weather. We firmly believe the there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is why we have invested in Outdoor Clothing for the children in our centres. The Outdoor Clothing is designed to keep mud and water on the outside while children stay warm and dry on the inside, allowing outdoor fun all year round!

The Importance and Health Benefits of Outdoor Play include
  • It increase physical activity and the development of gross motor skills
  • It increases the body’s vitamin D levels
  • It reduces anxiety and improves mood
  • It improves concentration and focus
  • It enhances imaginative and creative play
  • It promotes problem solving and leadership skills
  • Its helps develops stronger immune systems.
  • It contributes in the fight against childhood obesity.

 

“Everyone who works with young children in early childhood programmes and schools knows how quickly bacteria and viruses spread in these environments. One way to reduce the spread of infection is through lots and lots of fresh air. Outdoor play enables the infectious agents to spread out and be dissipated; it also enables children to get fresh air and exercise and be less constrained than they are in the classroom.”

(Aronson, 2002)

The Outdoor Environments in Cheeky Cherubs are equipped with:
  • Differing slopes and levels which aid gross motor development in young children
  • Slides
  • Balance bikes
  • Tricycles
  • A Track
  • Tunnels
  • Digging Area with tools
  • Flower Patches
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Grass Area
  • Soft Tec
  • Decking
  • Play House
  • Tree Trunks
  • Buttons the Rabbit’s Hutch!
  • Sand play
  • Water Play
  • Art Materials
  • Outside Area Blocks
Here are some of the things the children of Cheeky Cherubs have to say about playing in the Outdoor Area:

“I like outside because I like to run and skip!”

“I like the bikes because they are red and yellow”

“Buttons, I visit Buttons in his hutch. We pretend we are a rabbit too”

“I like going down the slide, because it slides down”

“We were running and throwing snowballs”

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