Our outdoor space
We love to play outdoors in all weather! We have a lovely ‘jungle’ area, that runs the perimeter of the outdoor area. The paths feel almost like green tunnels – perfect for running and chasing through.
We have a willow den lovely for sitting together for book reading or story telling. We delight in watching it grow even leafier and more den-like each year.
We have a digging and growing area where we like to plant seeds and watch our vegetables grow, we can also gather mud for the mud kitchen and dig, dig, dig – sometimes we find treasure!
We have a sandpit, trucks, outdoor blocks, and hoops, and balls and bikes. We have tree stump stepping-stones to climb and jump on.
We have a mud kitchen that’s sandy and gloopy as a good mudkitchen should be. (Don’t worry, we always have spare waterproofs to hand if you forget yours!)
We set up a messy-activity tray most days, and will vary what’s in it according to the season and the children’s interests. For instance, sometimes we have dinosaur bones to dig up, sometimes its waterplay with boats, sometimes a bubble tray.
Our indoor space
Inside we have a construction zone with oversized building blocks, a wooden climbing frame and slide, a play kitchen, and an indoor sandpit.
We have a small world setup, which we vary according to the season, cultural events and the children’s interests. So it might be a woodland scene one day, for instance, with lots of things for sensory play like crunchy leaves and tinkly pebbles.
We have a table space for craft activities, playdough, and for our cooking and baking sessions too.
We have fishtank with lots of critters in to observe and care for.
We have two homely Key Base spaces shared by two key people and their children. These key people buddy each other, and can support all the children if one is absent for example.
Each Key Base has comfortable mats, books, dolls, a home corner, puzzles and shelves of games and toys.
The children will typically spend some time in their cosy zone with their key persons and key base group at the end of each session: to connect, reflect, tell stories together before it is time to say goodbye for the day.
Snack time at midmorning is a time for children to sit in together with their Key Person, and is special time to be just in their Key Person small group. As well as having fruit, milk and a bread stick/rice cake this is time for developing social skills, communication skills and forming attachments and friendships.