If you are looking for ideas on how to embrace the great outdoors in your school or early years setting, here are some great tips from Cosy on creating a safe and stimulating outdoor learning environment.
Outdoor learning has many educational, developmental and health benefits. According to the UK Government’s guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings, it’s a lot safer to learn outside and it allows for distancing between individuals. Cosy have compiled some helpful tips for creating an engaging outdoor learning environment whilst also ensuring the safety of children and staff. Check them out below:
Easily create flexible working zones that you can change up regularly.
Dividers are ideal for partitioning your outside space to define different areas more clearly. These playground dividers allow you to create different zones for playing and learning – you could make a gardening zone, a mud kitchen zone, a maths learning zone and more.
Use practical outdoor furniture that’s moveable and easy to adapt into your normal routine when circumstances change.
By having flexible furniture and seating areas, such as a the chalk top table, you can place crate seating on each side of the table to ensure safe distancing.
It is always a good idea to have an area of shade that can be used to relax and cool down on a hot day, especially during the summer months.
These Wigwams are perfect for just that, they're an easy way to create shaded areas outdoors!
The weather can sometimes be unpredictable, so it is always good to have an outdoor area that you can use even in the rain.
By creating an area that is always sheltered such as the Curriculum Cabin you can have the perfect weather-proof outdoor playroom.
If you are looking to create an outdoor learning environment, you are going to need a secure space to store toys and equipment.
Sheds are great for storage, you could even add a stage and trellis to create an interactive role play and stage area.
For more products designed to make your outdoor learning spaces captivating and stimulating for children, check out the Cosy Collection at YPO!