When it comes to educating children, outdoor spaces are really important. They’ve been proven to help students learn more and be more enthusiastic in this learning environment. Plus they offer significant health benefits to all students.
However, you can’t just have an outdoor space. You need to carefully plan it so there is a mix of planned, structured learning opportunities and space for unstructured learning for the children. You also need to make sure that children are safe in the environment. This might include ensuring there is enough cover provided by something like a Tensile Canopy during wet or extreme sunny weather.
So, how can you go about planning your outdoor space? Here are some tips below.
- See What You’ve Already Got
The first thing you need to know is what you’ve already got. This includes what size area you have, what equipment and the available resources you can rely on.
- Group Brainstorming
Next, bring in all the key groups to brainstorm what you think is needed in the area. This should include all safety, play and education equipment for your outdoor area. Make a note of it all and how people think it could combine together for an interesting area for the children.
- Decide On Priorities
You’re unlikely to find the space to do everything you want in your outdoor space, so you need to set priorities. So, make a list of what is most important to you.
- Find Inspiration And Plan
Next visit other schools or places where you can find inspiration of how you want to set out your outdoor space. From this inspiration, create a rough design of what you would like in your outdoor space and how it will fit into your space.
- Action Plan
Now you can make a set of action plans that can help you create the outdoor space. You might need to speak to outside help to develop a time frame for getting your outdoor space sorted and to help you get the job done.
- Complete The Task
Now you need to take action and build your outdoor space.
- Start All Over Again
Now that it has been finished, you can start the development of your outside area all over again. You should always be looking at how you can improve your outside space and by following the pathway above, you can continually improve the fun and educational spaces you offer children outside.
Do you have an outside space? Does it need some development? Let us know your ideas in the comments below.
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