A natural place to learn
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Nourishing health, wellbeing and learning is a vital element of early years provision, but how you achieve this will depend on many factors. Having an outdoor space with a garden is a great start.
Even on rainy days, children will stand looking out of a window and feel the pull of a garden – its invitation to rush outside and play. Gardens delight, calm, sooth, inspire, and excite. A child's curiosity and imagination comes alive among tall trees, fabulous flowers, green grass, hidey holes, stepping stones, and expanses of lawn dotted with daisies – not to mention interesting bugs and birds.
To grow and develop the child's delight, we need to build on the garden's natural appeal. Integrate extended learning benefits by growing and cultivating plants and produce, and creating beautiful, cared for spaces in which to simply spend time.
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