At Little Rascals we believe outdoor play is an essential part of a child’s development. We encourage children to play outside as often as possible and in all weathers. It is certainly fun in the sun but great when we can splash in puddles! Not only does playing outside help children develop a sense of wonder (which is an important motivation for lifelong learning). Children will also develop self-confidence and self-regulation. Children that play outside will have reduced anxiety and stress levels. The fresh air has been proven to improve moods.
Not only is playing outside great fun for children, it is healthy for them too! It has been recognised that children who play outside have an increase in Vitamin D levels. This encourages the development of strong bones. Outdoor play also supports children to recognise their own bodies, to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and develop their coordination, as well as building their resilience.
At Little Rascals we understand that children need and want to take some risks when they play. We aim to respond to those needs and interests by offering the children a stimulating and challenging environment. In which children can learn and develop. To support this, we offer forest school sessions across all of our sites. We believe in the importance of adding to the rich tapestry of opportunities for every child. The broader and more diverse their experiences, the wider their appetites become for learning. At our settings we even have our own dedicated land for the children to explore!
We strive to support practitioners in being inspirational. We want to create moments infused with wonder and enthusiasm. We want to show our children just how beautiful the world really is! Forest schooling has provides children with many opportunities. Enabling them to learn, recognise and assess risks for themselves, under the supervision and care of our nursery practitioners.