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Quality Improvement Toolkit,Links with other documentation. The Early Years Foundation Stage, Inclusive practice as the outdoor environment supports additional needs if sensory experiences are offered. Playing and Exploring as the outdoor environment is the perfect setting to learn about appropriate risk and challenge. A unique child Risk taking observing creativity and developing their knowledge of the living world. Positive Relationships Respecting each other Chances for sharing and turn taking. Positive Relationships The outdoors provides chances for children to respond to different experience. Enabling Environments Observation assessment and planning Adults have a wide choice to make significant observations. of all areas of learning and development, Enabling Environments Ensuring that the environment is planned to meet each child s interests and stage of development will. help to ensure that it supports every child s learning in a way that is appropriate to them. Enabling environments With space and often less restrictions the outdoors can give children more variety and a richer. environment to support their learning within a secure and safe space. Learning and Development The outdoors can give children the space freedom and independence to extend their play and. exploration onto a higher level, Learning and Development The outdoors gives children an excellent opportunity for active learning on a larger scale than. Learning and Development Children learn about cause and effect problem solving unrestricted access they have time to. develop ideas with supporting adults,Ofsted self evaluation form.
Links to Part B section 4 Quality of teaching learning and assessment In the outdoors children can make more mess more. noise more movement and have more space,North Yorkshire County Council April 2017. Quality Improvement Toolkit, Outdoor play and how it links to the themes principles and practice of the EYFS. Enabling Environments Promoting regular sustained physical activity will give opportunities for large muscles to develop. strength and co ordination Body movements outdoors will also help to develop smaller movement skills for future writing and. pencil control Playing outdoors can have a positive effect on mental health including the re establishing of functioning in children. with attention deficit related disorders and on emotional health through wide ranging opportunities for exploration and learning. about emotions, Enabling Environments Outdoor spaces offer children varied opportunities to use and develop risk management skills as well as. improve their confidence and self esteem They give children the chance to develop their imagination and create special places. Learning and Developing Outdoor spaces can offer rich stimulating possibilities especially associated with feelings of well being. Playful contact with plants and animals helps to promote a sense of wonderment and magic moments Children can investigate. cause and effect and problem solving skills can be identified. Positive Relationships Playing in natural spaces supports children in developing a sense of place and attachment to their local. environment, A Unique Child Experiencing a sense of wonder through child friendly natural areas links to the ability and use of creativity when. they are adults,Effective Practice,Imaginative Play.
Role play areas can feel more real and authentic when they are in the outdoors For. example a sandy beach on a warm summer s day a garage with a petrol station and. car wash a tent for camping having picnics or going on a bear hunt All indoor play. elements can be replicated outdoors Too much fixed equipment and toys can limit. children s imagination The outdoors should be a place where children can. investigate explore use their imagination and senses and be physically active often. North Yorkshire County Council April 2017,Quality Improvement Toolkit. on a much larger scale Mud kitchens provide children with a rich open ended way to express and explore their own interests. through using mud water and other natural materials By providing a range of commonplace inexpensive tools and resources. children explore the natural world through their senses and follow their own fascinations whilst being supported by knowledgeable. engaging adults,Creative Play, Children do not need a lot of expensive toys and equipment to play and enjoy themselves For example found materials such as. milk crates drainpipes guttering bricks bark chippings sticks shells and stones are known as open ended resources which. encourage children to use imagination and develop fantastic ideas The wonder of hunting for bugs creepy crawlies and the. discovery of plants and flowers excite children and develop their powers of observation The open space of the outdoors can allow. for creative activities such as painting to be experienced on a much larger scale than indoors. Physical Play, Fine and gross motor skills can be developed in the garden or the outside area Small apparatus can be used by children of all. ages All children enjoy handling throwing kicking catching balancing swinging Having a trolley with a variety of resources that. are labelled so that children can choose and put away will be practical This can include bats and balls cones Frisbees ribbons. streamers brushes rollers spray bottles chunky chalks pens clip boards skittles footprints number lines and long ropes string. North Yorkshire County Council April 2017,Quality Improvement Toolkit. Reflecting on practice, It s worth recollecting the time you spent outdoors as a child and how these experiences often stay in your memory Time spent.
planning and gathering resources in advance will pay dividends and provide good opportunities for observations and next steps of. Questions for practitioners,Do children enjoy playing outdoors. When did you last audit your outdoor space Do you plan for the outdoor area is there How could we make it even better. For instance you could keep a record of popular a clear link with your planning for these. activities and re introduce things as new children activities For instance your observations. come to the setting All areas of learning should may reveal that you need to provide more. be catered for artefacts and natural recourses you may. need to watch children s reactions and look,for the wow moments that you can record. and plan the next steps of learning, Do the resources you provide targeted areas of learning. Do you encourage children to use resources Are there enough resources relevant to How could we make it even better. brought from indoors Is there plenty of children s interests Do you continually. equipment and a variety of resources that are not make sure when you set up outdoors that. typically outdoor toys For example a shop an there is a wide variety of choice even when. office a garage a railway station Anything that the weather is not so good Children. children are interested in can be transported sometimes require a selection of toys to. outdoors extend their game or build on an idea this. can result in a great learning opportunity and,gaining of knowledge E g Individual back. packs with a map binoculars camera pen,and pad sunglasses waterproof This.
explorers equipment pack will add to,imaginative play. North Yorkshire County Council April 2017,Quality Improvement Toolkit. Is there a good balance of child initiated and adult initiated available. What is the level of adult interaction when they How do you enable children to initiate How could we make it even better. are supervising outdoor play their own activities, For instance when adults are outdoors you could For example ensure that you are tuned in. monitor how much they join in children s play and to children s learning styles and interests. if they know when to get involved and when to listen to their verbal exchanges with each. stand back This is a good time to carry out peer other and adults and act upon them by. observations providing the necessary resources, Do you watch and listen to children playing with the resources and use your observations to extend the activity. Do you differentiate between age groups and Are you aware of how children play How could we make it even better. ages and stages of development For example is their play solitary co. For instance you could have different areas operative or parallel Once you have. arranged with equipment for babies and toddlers identified play styles you can provide a. that include sensory items wheeled toys soft play wider range of resources to meet this. and smaller scale equipment to develop gross need,motor skills.
Do you encourage children to add their own ideas for resources. Do adults discourage children from bringing Do you give consideration to the task of How could we make it even better. indoor toys outdoors if yes why tidying away equipment and resources. Where ever possible it is good practice to allow For instance tidy up time can be made. toys that are often classed as indoor toys to be more manageable by providing photo. taken outdoors For example dolls to go in prams labelled boxes containers baskets and. small world toys small scale construction crayons crates that are easy to transport and store. and pencils dressing up clothes to go with outdoor If toys are to be taken back indoors make. plans and games small tables and chairs story sure that a cleaning routine is established. books and painting easels When children bring in order to reduce any risk of poor hygiene. indoor toys outside there is usually a very good practices. North Yorkshire County Council April 2017,Quality Improvement Toolkit. Are children able to play with the activities individually in small groups and in larger groups. Do children play co operatively in the Are there always enough resources for How could we make it even better. groups Do children interact and work children to follow their own lines of play. together towards common goals Do they Are children able to play with equipment on. share resources and discuss what they are their own or do they need to share. North Yorkshire County Council April 2017,Quality Improvement Toolkit. Petrol station, A fuel pump can be made from a large cardboard carton with dials and numbers drawn on Add buckets sponges maps a cash. register credit cards hose pipe L plates an air pump real tools ramps jacks comics magazines bunches of flowers. watering oil can trikes pedal cars and high visibility jackets You can extend this further by drawing a road on the floor to direct the. Replicating a beach, Sand tray with pebbles shells buckets and spades fishing nets picnic basket sun hats rugs towels camera sun glasses. binoculars water tray parachute windy sticks windmills ice cream kiosk can be made from large cardboard carton and a pop. up tent or make your own Add some rock pools in washing up bowls buckets or storage boxes and fill with toy crabs fish star. Camping in the woods, Pop up tent or make your own you could use a large cardboard carton for a cave or blankets and sheets hung from a tree or over a.
frame Add some binoculars a magnifying glass bug bottle sticks to make pretend fire rugs cups plates etc camouflage net. You could use We re Going on a Bear Hunt book to support the children s play. Construction area, A corner of the garden could be cordoned off with tape or sleepers Add some large. scale diggers spades and garden forks gravel high visibility jackets gloves and hard. hats Trowels tape measures utility belts blue prints and architectural drawings will. also support their play Signs such as Hard Hat Area can be bought or made by the. children Adding some sand and water and a cement mixer or just a bucket or. builders tray and a trowel will give children the opportunity to mix their own cement. for building with some old bricks,North Yorkshire County Council April 2017. Quality Improvement Toolkit,General ideas for the outdoors. Use baskets containing just one or two role play items each day. for example a hat badge a tabard a whistle a bird book a clip. board and binoculars Changing the contents according to the. children s interests will support children in their imaginative play. Painting the floor and walls with water and big brushes or rollers. can be great fun, Fill carrying baskets with mark making tools such as a clip board. notepad graph paper pencils pens etc and place around the. outdoor area so that children can help themselves if they want to. Have an exploration kit which the children can easily access. outdoors binoculars magnifying glasses bug viewers insect books a camera paper and crayons for rubbings etc. A storage shed can make an excellent scene for role play once it s emptied out You can change the area regularly. according to the children s interests or use it as an ever changing space which the children can fill with fabrics and their. own pictures, Some relevant non fiction books in the outdoors can encourage children to find out more about their environment.
Clothes horses bamboo canes blankets sheets camouflage netting dolly pegs make versatile dens which the children. can build and change to suit their needs, Involving children in assessing their own risks in the outdoor area helps to develop an awareness of safety as well as. problem solving skills Ask questions such as What do you think will happen if or How can we make that safer. The Benefits of Outdoor Play The worlds not such a Playing in natural spaces supports children in developing a sense of place and attachment to their local environment A Unique Child Experiencing a sense of wonder through child friendly natural areas links to the ability and use of creativity when they are adults Effective Practice Imaginative Play Role play areas can feel more real

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