Outdoors

Outdoors at Little Footprints supports the children’s learning and development through play in the open air where every child is provided with opportunities to investigate and discover. Our children are able to safely explore the natural environment secure in the knowledge that adults are close by to support them

Outdoors at Little Footprints, children are encouraged to be in touch with the natural world as they work with a variety of natural materials, and take part in gardening and growing activities. Our outdoor space is designed for pleasure where children can touch, explore and learn about the natural world. The aim of the outdoor garden is to encourage children to explore the different sensations outdoors – colours, textures, smells and sounds.

They enjoy water play, take part in flower arranging and learn to care for living things. They learn to problem solve and use their imagination and creativity. Many of the garden features have been chosen to improve co-ordination and confidence. There are obstacles such as balancing beams, bridges and stepping stones

The children play out every day and are protected from the weather during winter and summer through the use of appropriate clothing and protection during sunny days. While children enjoy their daily fresh air, we make sure the outdoor area is safe and secure.

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”