Darcia Narvaez Ph.D.:
...Recent studies tell us why indoor play is detrimental to children’s growth.
Outdoors, a child learns on multiple levels with each new adventure (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005). With all of the imaginary castles, lands, creatures, the brain develops at a much faster rate than for those who play indoors. There are numerous effects. Not only do they become better learners, and do well in school, but they are more fun to be around (i.e. they make more friends)--everyone wants to play with the kid with the active imagination! Consequently, children will be much happier because, hey, they’re smart and they have a lot of friends. All of this comes from just playing outside; you can bake many loaves in the same oven....
Frequently asked questions
How do I sign up?
To register your interest in joining us, please contact us here, so we can add you to our waiting list. Our waiting lists work on a first-come, first-served basis. Siblings and parents already registered will be prioritised.
Can my child attend part-time?
Yes they can. We ask for a minimum of 1 day per week but we aim to accommodate parent’s requests as best as possible for early / late pick ups and drop offs. Our opening hours and pick up locations are detailed here...
What if it rains?
There is no question that kids love rain. I mean, what else could be more exciting than finding muddy puddles, catching the rain, making mud pies, splashing water all around us. It is not only fun but the essence of sensory play and vital for your child's learning.
So is it really all day every day outdoors?
What if my child needs a rest?
All children have the opportunity to sleep or rest throughout the day. During those natural breaks children can use our hammocks or cosy sleeping areas where they are kept comfy, regardless of the weather.
What happens in an emergency?
Children used to playing outdoors are far less likely to injure themselves as they have already developed a natural risk assessment process and have a very good understanding of their capabilities compared to children that spend most of their time indoors. And just like any other nursery, we have a set evacuation plan that covers emergencies or incidents. We always have trained first aiders on site that will treat any injuries and will be in charge of escalating any emergency procedures.
Is my child's safety not compromised on a site without fence?
What about dogs or visitors?
Part of our safeguarding policies is to teach children and adults how to react in situations like these. All staff are trained and children are supervised at all times. Most of the dog walkers we have very friendly relationship with and know not to let their dog approach a child without consent.
How many adults will be there?
At least 1 adult for every 4 children.
Do you provide lunch?
Parents provide lunch and we provide snack. Please consider that we are a healthy nursery, children bringing in sweets or chips will have to wait until they are back in your care before eating them. Feel free to contact us if you need ideas for lunches and snacks.
Where can my child do their toileting?
We use our indoor facilities for toileting and changing. However, we have specified areas in the woods that offer shelter and privacy for toileting and we always have our emergency potty near by, which is handy, especially when they have started potty training. Children not used to toileting outside quickly adapt and all staff assist as needed to teach a good toileting hygiene. We provide warm water and soap for hand washing after toileting and before snack-time.
What does my child have to wear?
Please follow our guide on Contact - Book Now - Dress Code
Do you offer the 15 / 30 hours free funding?
Yes, we do offer funding, please enquire within. However, currently we don't offer term-time only.
Are you Ofsted registered?
Yes, our services are regularly inspected by Ofsted.
Do you accept childcare vouchers?
Yes, we accept all types of childcare vouchers.