The Benefits of Outdoor Play Essay

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The Benefits of Outdoor Play

Within this assignment I will explain the value of outdoor play experiences on children’s development then outline my settings current outdoor play provisions and examples of good practice within them. I will suggest areas for improvement in my settings outdoor play provision before moving onto outlining my setting’s current use of Welsh language within the outdoor area. I will then suggest areas for improvement in the use of Welsh language within the outdoor area including some activity ideas.

Outdoor play is a vital part of a child’s development and should be used within childcare settings and schools as much as possible. According to Nicole Therlin for, in the article ‘The Importance of
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There are also a number of small logs placed around for the children to line up and use as stepping stones to increase their balancing skills and to use as stools to sit on with their friends and enjoy snack times outside in the drier weather.
However within this area there is still room for improvement, the area is mainly used for physical activities and with some planning can be used for more imaginative play such as building dens and role play. These types of activities will build on the children’s social skills as well as their imaginations, through visualising a goal and working together to reach their goals whilst problem solving along the way.
Another area of the garden is a large yard which is half covered with rubber matting. There are some apparatus around this area including a large caterpillar tunnel, a small slide, a number of tricycles, scooters and ride in cars as well as six tyres. Also in this area is a large hutch which houses the nursery’s two pet rabbits. There apparatus within this area is used frequently to improve the children’s physical development and the children are encouraged to assist the staff in feeding and maintaining of the pet rabbits. The tyres are used regularly for activities such as tyre races – where the children are encouraged to use their upper body strength to up-end the tyres and push them across

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