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Children really enjoy being outside and being able to run around to their hearts content.
I make sure that the children in my care spend as much time as possible outside in the garden, in addition to all the outings and trips we go on. I have created an outdoor environment which lends itself to child-led and imaginative play, but is also perfect for fun activities.
There are so many benefits of outdoor play. Key benefits include children having freedom and space outside to express themselves and more opportunity for energetic play enhancing health and fitness.
When outside, all of a child's senses are stimulated and they have direct contact with the weather, seasons and natural world.
This all contributes to creating a healthy mind, body confidence and a high self-esteem within a child.
When the weather is nice I like to move indoor activities outside, so in the summer the children spend a lot of time in the garden. This also gives children the opportunity to have fun doing outdoor activities, some of which are listed below:
...and lots of running round in circles, skipping and jumping!
I have a dedicated Play Room which opens on to the fully enclosed, fenced garden.
The playroom offers a real home from home environment, where babies and children can feel safe and secure.
I have tons of toys, lots of books and plenty of arts and craft supplies, play kitchens, which the children absolutely love, fancy dress and much more, we always have plenty of indoor play activities.
Here is a list of just some of the activities available to children in my care:
Sharing books and stories with children helps their learning development, language and
Children learn so much from sharing books with adults. Not only are they learning vital
skills for later reading and writing, but sharing books also helps with talking, listening
and communication skills as well as encouraging imagination, curiosity, and stirring emotions.
I love reading and believe in the benefit of sharing my love of books with the children in my care. Making books available to children and telling stories is something I try to include as much as I can
One of the brilliant things about being a childminder is the chance to get out and about on a regular basis.
There are lots of places on my doorstep to take children on days out out. If I decide to organise a trip a little further away, say to a zoo or aquarium, I will ask you permission in advance.
There are lots of places I take the chidren to visit fairly frequently, theses are: