At St Joseph’s we have always believed that good quality provision in the Early years is crucial to children’s development. So it is with great excitement and anticipation that we prepare ourselves for the builders to arrive early in the new year. The work they will be doing offers improvements to the Ducklings classroom that will enable far greater use of the outdoor space whilst allowing more daylight into the room. There will be a whole wall of windows to capture the light and provide a more inviting access to the outside learning area through a set of double doors in the centre of the long wall. The outside space will have a canopy under which the children will be able to play, even in inclement weather.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years encourages us to provide for all five areas of learning both indoors and outside. It states; ‘Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses and be physically active and exhuberant. We want our children to benefit from the opportunities that the outside can offer by working without the limits of space that working indoors sometimes has. Work outdoors can be on a different scale and involve the more messy resources such as water in large quantities, sand and earth for digging in and ride-ons. This new development will mean that Ducklings class will be able to have freeflow access onto the area at present known as the wildlife garden.This is not as shady as our present garden so I am looking forward to lots of healthy outdoor work just outside our doors in all sorts of weathers.