Over the past few months the staff and committee team have been reflecting and evaluating our outside space and how, as a pre-school we can further support children in their physical development.
Physical activity guidelines from the Chief Medical Officers from the four home countries of the UK launched physical activity guidelines for the early years which state “Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically activity daily for at least 3 hours (180 minutes) spread throughout the day”.
We already provide free flow access to the outside area at pre-school to enable the children to get lots of fresh air and to be able to move and be physically active. Along with this we also provide other experiences which include Yoga and Debutots (which is story telling using music and movement) to promote physical activity and the importance of being healthy. Therefore we ensure that whilst at pre-school children have lots of opportunities to be physically active within the pre-school routine.
Physical activity supports all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage such as using positional and directional language when playing games, building self-esteem as they try and succeed and communication as they discuss ways of how to use the equipment.
You may have noticed the new climbing equipment down at Courtney Primary School. The pre-school has contributed funds to the building of this equipment through pre-school fundraising over the past year. This climbing equipment will bring another aspect to the pre-school children’s learning, development and growth whilst at pre-school.
We will therefore be using the equipment on a daily basis. The staff team will be taking small groups of children to the school through our internal access gate to use the equipment in the school playground. The children will be fully supported to use the equipment and the staff trained in order to keep the children safe.
Full risk assessments have been completed for the children to use the equipment and we will talk to the children about using the equipment safely. Should you not wish your child to use the equipment please let your child’s key person know or come and speak with Claire.
We will be arranging a time to show the parents around the equipment and will let you know shortly when this will be following clearance from the primary school.
In the meantime should you have any questions then please let me know, thank you.
Courtney Ladybirds Pre-School