Enabling Environments in Early Years Settings

One of the over arching principles of the Early Years curriculum is ‘Enabling Environments’. This reinforces the importance of having a place where children can access the curriculum as a whole without being restricted by weather constraints. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states: “Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs” Children can learn in lots of different ways. Some learn best by observing, some by listening … Continue reading

Learning Outside the Classroom – Early Years Ideas

The outdoors offers so many opportunities for children to develop and learn new skills, take risks and try new activities. Ofsted encourage a “free-flow” play environment at Early Years settings, and a lot of our customers at nurseries and pre-schools contact us because they would like a shelter solution which will allow the children to go outside whatever the weather. With this in mind we’ve come up with some ideas of outdoor learning activities young children can do on their … Continue reading

Enabling Environments – Enhance your outdoor environment

Coniston Wall mounted canopy

Children gain enormous benefits from being outside and ideally they should have access to outdoor space on a daily basis: The Benefits: Supports Active Learning – Provides rich learning opportunities and the chance for children to use all their senses Allows children to move around without the restrictions, enhancing physical activity Give children access to fresh air and gives them first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and … Continue reading

The Benefits of Free Flow Play…

The EYFS framework strongly encourages the use of outdoor spaces as they provide a richer learning environment. A Free Flow environment often works well in Early Years settings as this allows children to move between the indoors and outdoors as they wish and this freedom offers many learning & development opportunities, which include: 1. Children develop greater independence – Free flow play allows children to set their own rules 2. Allowing children to progress at their own pace – some … Continue reading

How to Create a Secure Learning Environment…

So you’re using your canopy and it’s great, the children love it and you have lots of equipment underneath for them to play with, however, you find yourself spending time in the mornings and evenings bringing out and putting the equipment away. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just leave the equipment underneath the canopy during the evenings, therefore allowing you to spend more time on the children’s curriculum instead? Well you can! Let me introduce you to Secure Roller Shutters… … Continue reading