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.”

http://playwales.org.uk/eng/playandchallenge

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!

A wonderful world… of imagination🏰

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Kids come with plenty of imagination,
They are filled with natural fascination.💭
It can be a stick that becomes a sword,
To keep the pirates from coming aboard.⚓️
A mud pie for a fancy dessert,
Pretending it’s much more than dirt.🧁
Tarpaulin becomes a castle for a queen,
& makes the proudest children you’ve ever seen.🏰
Some of the best things in life are free,
So let our children’s minds run wild & see ♥️
(Adapted from a poem by Kathryn Ann)

🌿 Woodland 🌿Kids come with plenty of imagination,They are filled with natural fascination.💭It can be a stick that becomes a sword,To keep the pirates from coming aboard.⚓️A mud pie for a fancy dessert,Pretending it’s much more than dirt.🧁Tarpaulin becomes a castle for a queen,& makes the proudest children you’ve ever seen.🏰Some of the best things in life are free,So let our children’s minds run wild & see ♥️(Adapted from a poem by Kathryn Ann)

Posted by Little Owl Childcare on Thursday, 18 June 2020

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We are very proud to have been asked to share our experiences in the PACEY Childcare Professional magazine – Spring 2020 edition 🥰
It’s wonderful to know our passion for outdoor learning is shared with so many other professionals 🍃♥️

Saturday 26th June – Woodland 🌻

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A massive Thank you for everyone who attended our Open Day today… We hope you enjoyed your Woodland experience. 🌷🌼
Here’s a sneak preview for anyone who will be attending our forthcoming Open Days in July 🤩⬇️

🌳Woodland🌻A massive Thank you for everyone who attended our Open Day today… We hope you enjoyed your Woodland experience. 🌷🌼 Here's a sneak preview for anyone who will be attending our forthcoming Open Days in July 🤩⬇️

Posted by Little Owl Childcare on Saturday, 27 June 2020

Physical development in the Woodland ..🌿

Woodland 🌿Our Woodland Nursery and Pre-School is an incredible place to support children's physical movement, risk and challenge. It supports children's bodies through developing core strength, balance and co-ordination.. And this is how it happens….🤩

Posted by Little Owl Childcare on Thursday, 2 July 2020

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Our Woodland Nursery and Pre-School is an incredible place to support children’s physical movement, risk and challenge.

It supports children’s bodies through developing core strength, balance and co-ordination..

And this is how it happens….🤩

Woodland Open Days (Saturday 4th July)

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🍄 Thank you to all of the families who came to our open day today. It was lovely to meet you all. If you are still thinking about booking on (9th/ 15th) here’s a preview of our wonderful educational space. 🌻

Little Owl Woodland Nursery

🌿 Woodland 🌿🍄 Thank you to all of the families who came to our open day today. It was lovely to meet you all. If you are still thinking about booking on (9th/ 15th) here's a preview of our wonderful educational space. 🌻

Posted by Little Owl Childcare on Saturday, 4 July 2020

Cannock Daycare re-opened to our families

On the 8th June we opened to the children of our key workers. All families were invited to 1:1 meetings with their key worker of their bubble. Only that family was in the room with the staff. It was a great opportunity to catch up with the families and any milestones the children had achieved.
We then opened on the 22nd June to more children, we continue to do 1:1 meeting induction/welcome back meetings when our setting is closed at the end of the day and on Fridays.
If you would like to visit our nursery you are very welcome to give us a call on 07305 655692 or 01543 574184 to book an appointment.

What do our Families say about our Woodland Nursery and Pre-School?

See our video for our Family feedback since Opening this BRAND new unique nursery in September, 2019. We are proud of our journey so far, and cant wait to for this to continue…. It truly is a magical environment, where children can be curious, happy to play and explore! and learn how to love Nature, build resilience, confidence, independence and have a creative mind.  Just wonderful…

Woodland Nursery & Preschool – Family Feedback♥️

🌿Woodland🌿Thankyou to our amazing families, who are always supporting & encouraging our vision of a child centred experience 💓

Posted by Little Owl Childcare on Wednesday, June 10, 2020