Play is one of the main ways that a child in an early years setting learns and develops. It helps a child to build their own self worth, by teaching them about their own abilities, what they can and can’t do and what they need to do in order to learn and grow. Play can help build a child’s confidence and because it’s fun, children can learn, grow and develop without even realising it.
Government guidelines state that children aged between 5 and 18 years of age should be participating in at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. With classroom work and of course, regular family routine, this can often be difficult to fit in, in one solid 60 minute period. With the help of break times throughout the school day however, and of course the right playground equipment, schools are now helping to keep children active far more than they ever have been.
Playgrounds play a very big role when it comes to a child’s development as well as the memories they recall when they’re older - they’re often the most remembered ones. Not only do children play and explore in parks but they learn to socialise and create lasting memories that they treasure throughout their lives. But what happens to our parks and playgrounds when the risk becomes too much.
Playgrounds are a vital part of any community, whether that’s a public playground or a private one in an educational setting. They offer families and young ones an incredible place to play and socialise. More importantly, they can provide children with a great place to let off steam.
Are you hoping to create an outdoor Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) playground on a budget? Then we have the ultimate guide for you. Here are just a few different ways to improve your outdoor area without spending too much money.
When it comes to the creation of playgrounds, there are so many different pieces of equipment that can be utilised. Each piece offers its own benefit to children in both a playful and of course educational sense. That being said, we’re often asked the difference between an Early Years playground and what’s dubbed as a ‘normal playground’. Let’s take a look…
The term wellbeing is used a lot when discussing adults and adolescents but very rarely do we hear the term used when referring to young children, or children within the ‘early years’ setting. With rates of teenage mental health issues increasing however, is it now time to look at supporting the younger child’s wellbeing, in order to give them a much better start in life?