Outdoor play and Learning

Benefits of outdoor play

  • The outdoor environment has unique characteristics and features.

  • Outdoor learning has equal value to indoor learning.

  • Outdoor learning has a positive impact on children’s well-being and development.

  • Outdoor learning enhances children's play experiences as it is richly resourced with open ended play materials that can be adapted and used in different ways.

Outdoor learning encompasses all that children do, see, hear or feel in their outdoor space.

Play and learning that flows seamlessly between indoors and outdoors enables children to make the most of the resources and materials available to them and develop their ideas without unnecessary interruption.

Staff can respond to children's spontaneous interests and ideas as well as enabling children to have first hand experiences of the naturally occurring cyclical opportunities linked to the seasons, weather and nature.

Why is outdoor learning important?

  • Supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles.

  • Offers children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement.

  • Promotes a sense of confidence and well-being.

  • Provides opportunities for developing relationships and cooperating with others.

  • Supports children who learn best through activity or movement.

  • Provides safe and supervised opportunities for children to experience new challenges.

  • Heps children to assess and experience small risks and develop the skills to solve problems.

  • Provides rich opportunities for imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.

  • Gives children contact with their environment.