The power of physical play
At The Murrayfield Nursery we are very aware that children learn with their bodies (physical literacy) as much as they do with their minds, so our environments are set up to allow maximum movement and use of different physical skills. In the Jemima and Clown Room we help them with crawling, walking, sliding and climbing and all children learn in different ways. They are taken out at least daily, either to enjoy the front garden, or in the buggies in the local area.
Once the children move downstairs into Little Teds Room, they have free-flow access onto the terrace outside their room and spend lots of time in the garden. This allows them to mix with the older children from Big Teds and Taller Teds and they learn so much from seeing them play.
In Big Teds and Taller Teds the children have a large space to explore and can change parts of the environment to meet their needs. They often decide to change the layout of the home corner or the construction area, depending on their current interests. All the children enjoy plenty of time outside, where they get to use all their muscles and develop their gross motor skills further. They also enjoy time in the Eco Garden and trips up to the the woods over the Corstorphine Road, which allows them to really use their bodies.
Most of our furniture is sourced from Community Playthings, who make some of the best equipment for Early Years. They also run a lot of training for practitioners and have some really lovely films to support this training. You may be interested to see a trailer for one of their training films about outdoor play, it summarises the importance of outdoor play beautifully. Do talk to us if you are interested in how we plan for outdoor play with your child.