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Outdoor play is such an important part of everyday life at Abacus nursery, whatever the weather, all year round. Our staff are committed to promoting fresh air and exercise for babies and toddlers throughout the day but equally understand the valuable learning opportunities the outdoor area provides and plan to ensure children enjoy the benefits of this area daily.
The rear play area is extremely safe, secure and fully enclosed. The garden is split into two sections. One area (butterfly garden) has a soft, all weather Astroturf surface, t this used to be our only outside space but Ruth has purchased more land to extend the outside space into a wonderful learning environment. The children named this section of the garden 'the mountain garden' as we have a new hump with  climbing steps, rope and slide (with a tunnel underneath). We have a stage area for our 'expressive arts and design' activities; a mud kitchen; large sit in sand pit, play house and areas to ride around on wheeled toys. A large, fitted awning provides shade and protection. Inside learning is enjoyed outside in the fresh air, with the wide range of toys and resources. In addition, large outside equipment such as climbing frame, wheeled toys, tunnels, bats and balls, which promote children’s large motor skills are also enjoyed. Physical development is a prime area of learning, which is promoted at every opportunity and extended to challenge older, more able children.
The driveway is also used as valuable outside play space as it can be fully enclosed using the large wooden gates. Children enjoy this space for sit and ride toys, large group play such as parachute games and gardening. There are raised beds for planting and growing to develop children’s understanding of the world. This links their knowledge through play to growing, life cycles, caring for living things, seasons and healthy eating.  Alan (Ruth's husband and director of the nursery) supports children and staff with gardening activities. The carrots, beetroot etc are grown, pulled up and eaten by the children at lunch time.
Abacus Nursery also promotes outings to the local park and walks with parental consent. This enables children to experience different equipment, challenges and experiences than we have on site. These valuable outings are a chance to develop children’s understanding of the world around them, including being part of their immediate community.