Our garden has been transformed in the last few years. We talked to children, parents and went on courses about the outdoors to get ideas to create a garden that provides lots of learning experiences for all our children. It includes:
Winding paths to ride and scoot along, with contrasting paving.
A willow den with log seats. Children like to hide in here in the summer when the willow is green.
A covered sandpit with shade.
A logged circle for babies to play safely when the older children are whizzing about, with shade.
Stepping logs and poles.
Flower beds where we have planted
interesting things such as bamboo which swishes in the breeze, herbs to smell and use in our lunches, and plants with different colours and textures.
We also have a bird table and a nesting box to encourage birds into the garden. Last year a family of blue tits nested.
We have a tame crow who we call Colin, who comes into the garden every morning at toast time. He loves to stay around when the children are playing and also enjoys the bird bath.
A beautiful play house with bed and kitchen and a garage.
An enormous bespoke wooden climbing centre with steps, bridges and a slide. It’s all enclosed so even the very young can use it A safe surface surrounds it.
A small climbing wall.
A large covered picnic table where children enjoy snacks and meals outdoors.
We also love to build dens, play in our tent or get out prop boxes such as our “windy day box”
Decking provides a level entrance to the nursery.
We are lucky to have Rectory Park almost opposite the nursery where all groups can explore.
Pre School have been having "Welly Boot Days" where they enjoy outdoor learning.