We have two garden areas. One large garden for larger play equipment which includes a climbing frame and a trampoline. Children are encouraged to use “loose parts” such as tyres, crates, wooden pallets, tubes, etc to support imaginative and creative play. We also have a smaller “grassy garden” for smaller equipment which includes a mud kitchen, logs for balancing on, and some table and chairs. Children also engage in den building. The small garden also contains a guinea-pig run for our guinea-pigs called Buttercup and Poppy. Our guinea-pigs encourage the children to be nurturing, caring and empathic individuals. There is also an area for growing vegetables. Children are then encouraged to dig the vegetables and use them to make snacks including soups and crumbles. There are a lot of digging areas for the children to dig up and use for their mud kitchen or to plant flowers, especially in our fairy garden.
Within the grassy garden, there is an eco-shed where the staff can take a small group of children out there to do various activities such as puzzles, drawing and read stories. we also encourage the children to participate in eco-friendly activities such as litter picks, making bug hotels, recycling and talking about waste. we encourage the children to use the eco-shed as a base to further develop their skills in eco-friendly activities.