How can we develop our outdoor play provision with limited space? #earlyyears

Posted on 29th July 2014 by Jenny Hyde in Croner-i Early Years

Outdoor play provision EYFS

Outdoor learning is a key element of the EYFS framework and early years provisions must provide access to an outside play area wherever possible.

If it is not possible, the EYFS states that providers should ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis unless circumstances make this inappropriate, eg unsafe weather conditions.

It is recognised that outdoor learning has equal value to indoor learning and has a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and development. However, every outdoor space will be different and will have limitations that need to be worked within. Provisions need to consider the spaces available to them and how to make the most of them within the resources available.

Good outdoor provision does not rely on expensive equipment:

an approach to outdoor learning that considers experiences rather than equipment and supports development in all areas of the curriculum is the most valuable.

There are key areas to consider when developing outdoor play provision:








Provided appropriate risk assessments are made, public spaces such as parks can be used to extend and support the learning environment for young children. Taking advantage of the local area in this way is useful for all provisions but especially those in urban areas that do not have a dedicated outdoor space.

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