The Outdoor Environment and ‘Risky Play’

“The benefits of risk taking include extending skills, developing physical and emotional capacities, challenging ourselves in new ways and gaining direct experience of the consequences of our actions. Being brave an conquering a fear is something that is very important to children and a sign of growth.”

Being in the outdoor environment allows children to experience ‘risk’, more so than when indoors. Children learn from possible falls and begin to think, ‘what might happen next?, ‘If I do this I will….’, empowering them to make purposeful decisions. For example, at Little Owl’s woodland the children were involved in making a slide from cable reals and wood. They had to communicate ideas to each other practicing their social skills. They tested their strategies taking a risk by experimenting, problem solving, and critical thinking. The experience also challenged their physical capabilities. The children were able to reflect and evaluate through this experience to reach their goal.

The risk and challenge children take in their early years will set them up in later life to become confident and self-aware, motivating them to reach their full potential.

Lest we forget. Remembrance Day 2020

We have supported and taught our children all about Remembrance day and the special meaning of the ‘Poppy’ across our Little Owl setting’s this week. We have been honouring those who fought in our war and how this became a very important day in history.

Here are some of the activities our children have been participating in this week to help think and remember. All the children were very proud of their artwork. Don’t you think they look amazing!

Wild Woodland Spooktacular Special – Family session

Our Wild Woodland Spooktacular went off with a BOO! The session was very popular and loved by all.

Here is a little reminder of all the activities, to ignite and spark children’s imagination and creativity.

Thankyou for attending! We hope to see you in the future for more woodland adventures!