Hastings Outdoor Pre-school
Discovering exploring and learning though play and nature

 

In2play Creative Preschool, based in The Bridge NE Hastings, achieved an Ofsted outstanding rating within the first two years of opening. They are now really excited to announce that in April 2018 they will be open the 1st Outdoor Pre- school at based at Hastings Adventure playground.

The “Outdoor Pre-school” concept originated in Scandinavia, where schools use local woodland areas to hold outdoor activities which foster children’s problem-solving and cooperation skills, as well as their confidence and self-esteem.

In2play Outdoor Pre-school offers a more holistic approach, supporting children aged 2-5, to explore, develop confidence and self esteem, it stimulates their cognitive and communication development and skilled practitioners are able to offer creative and absorbing literacy, maths and science opportunities. Early education theorists have explained since the beginning of the last century how children learn best from real experiences and the outside environment offers practical opportunities for children to connect with the natural environment.
Other benefits of Outdoor Preschool include;-
• Learning and playing outdoors supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
• Gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to the outdoors,
• Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles.
• Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
• Children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy, and to develop their physical capabilities.
• For many children, playing outdoors at their early years setting may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations.

We live in a world which is becoming faster paced and demanding all the time, stress and anxiety is becoming common place in our children. In recent years there has been a cultural shift in our society that has reduced the access and use of outdoors for many young children. Contributory factors include technological advances leading to an overwhelming prominence of more sedentary indoor activities, such as television, video and computer games.
Japan is now offering “forest therapy” to reduce mental health problems and china offers “nature therapy”, being outside and being physically active reduces stress for all of us. So why not start with our youngest members of society? If they build up an understanding and an interest in the outdoor world maybe we can offer long term health benefits alongside a unique early education.

Opening times are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.30-1.30 term time only.
Open Day Saturday 17th March 1-3pm, opportunity to meet the team and to find out more.
For more information or to request a parent pack, please contact office@in2play.org.uk or 01424 432742

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