Outdoor Learning Environment
The nursery has a secure garden with 9 fully functional camera's recording outdoor activities at all times. The priority is to maintain a safe learning environment outdoors.
The Nursery Pond
Within our wonderful garden there is a secure pond with goldfish, nets, binoculars, observation trays and a child friendly thermometer to mention but a few resources. The children enjoy exploring the pond life and take serious their responsibility to measure the temperature and feed the fish. The water fall, fountain and wind chimes provide a calm sensory environment for younger children. The children negotiate the bridge encouraging physical development, there is also discovery learning with children developing a knowledge and understanding of the world.
The Play House
The 'double decker' play house with its role play kitchen and table is a keen favourite for many children. We have witnessed many tea times with teddy as well as excellent communication and literacy skills. The children really enjoy pretending to be in their house, just the right size for them but too small for adults, who are permitted entry by invitation only! The children are able to develop their creative skills within this environment.
Climbing Frames - Tower and Castle
There are 2 climbing frames with slides to encourage physical development. The Tower and Castle at the front can be turned into a 'fortress' by the older children or a quiet work environment for children wanting their own space outdoors and the slide is often used for quick escapes from the tower. The mid range climbing frame and bridge is equally popular with the fireman pole providing the quick escape when the slide is 'busy'.
The Builders Yard
Some of the best learning environments are inexpensive. The builders yard with its mud pit, tools for digging, hard hat, bright yellow jacket, crates and wood off cuts is a popular play environment. The children take on roles encouraging communication and language development, there is also great physical interaction and the development of social skills.
The Nursery 'Beach'
The children describe the 3.6 meters by 3.6 meters sand pit as the beach. It is a very popular zone for the younger children who really do enjoy the sensory experience of playing with sand and making sand castles. Older children search for numbered bean bags to encourage Problem Solving and Mathematical development. They enjoy measuring, dealing with quantities, large and small - it really is a fantastic learning environment which really appeals to the children.
The Play Track
All children really enjoy playing with the bikes, wagons, push along trains and push chairs, it is therefore logical that they have a soft play track to encourage safe play on a child friendly surface. As usual there is an educational purpose to this play, the track is a figure 8 with zebra crossings and traffic lights to develop road awareness.
The garden presents many opportunities to explore water play on the cascade noting the effects of slopes, there are also the outdoor musical instruments. There really are endless opportunities to have fun and learn - learning is never boring at Fawley Nursery.