The examples here are just some of our carefully chosen play resources that has been found to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity, exploration, play and imagination.
Treasure baskets: developing natural inquiring, awe and wonder
Treasure basket play enables babies to investigate and explore a variety of everyday objects. These can include items such as wooden spoons, natural sponges, fabrics, stainless steel and scented items such as lavender bags. Treasure baskets are found in our baby and toddler rooms.
Physical play: increasing mobility and confidence
In our toddler and nursery rooms children enjoy the experience of physical activities with challenges. These activities enhance the child’s abilities, for example; natural climbers challenging their increasing mobility and confidence.
Role play: Understanding the World
Role play areas provide children with activities and opportunities that reflect their personal experiences, both past and present. Examples might include a post office or hairdressers. They are developed and extended to reflect a child’s changing interests.
Through role play children explore their understanding of the world such as cooking at home or posting a letter. Children have the opportunity to engage with others, developing their skills and knowledge through play and interaction with other children as well as adults. The child begins to develop in many areas of learning such as; building their own self-esteem, confidence, their co-operation skills and gives them the opportunity to re-enact their past experiences.
Mark-making: developing early writing skills and creativity
Mark-making activities are available to babies and children, both indoors and outdoors and might include making marks and pictures in the sand, cornflour or play dough. They will experiment with paper or card and with pencils, chalk or felt pens or paintbrushes with water.
Mark-making is an excellent way to develop a child’s fine motor skills and early writing skills. Older children are able to play games that relate to the real world and this helps them to encourage these skills. For instance, they will be encouraged to write restaurant menus and shopping lists in the role play area, take the register or simply to use notebooks.
Blocks: developing imagination, creativity, mathematical and physical skills
All babies and children have access to all of the construction activities which include mini-blocks for tiny hands and larger blocks for our 2-5 years old.
Block play helps your child to experiment with concepts such as design, balance and building. It can also be used to support story-telling and role play, develop mathematical skills and allow children to act out their ideas.
Our block areas also include small world such as farm and wild animals, people, vehicles etc. to help extend play experiences. Outdoors, block play may consist of crates, planks, tyres etc. that allow children to build and construct on a much larger scale. Sand and water play are set out each day.
Children learn individually and with others through play. We offer our children a play-based curriculum which meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS Curriculum.
This curriculum supports all aspects of their learning and development. It encourages their in-built curiosity and desire to make sense of their world around them. The most crucial point is that this helps them to discover for their future that learning is interesting and fun.
This is vitally important if children are going to remain keen learners for the rest of their lives. Play in a secure environment with effective adult support enables the children to explore, investigate and enjoy the learning experience.
We help them to practice and develop ideas, concepts and skills in a unique and non-threatening way, without fear of failure. We deliver the Early Year’s EYFS Curriculum in a number of ways throughout each day.