Outdoor activities and physical movement play a vital role in a child’s development and well-being. Children learn social skills by interacting with other children, with adults and even the objects found around them. The outdoor environment exposes children to opportunities to explore, question and develop theories about how things work and their place in the world around them. Negotiation, language, and co-operation are all skills that develop from playing outdoors.
With that in mind, outdoor play in the fresh air is an important part of each child’s day here at KinderCrescent. Our outdoor play areas provide your child with a safe and fun environment in which to play, explore and enjoy. We are very proud of our amazing outdoor facilities. We have all-weather astro turf playgrounds for each age group with age appropriate equipment, toys, and games. Playing outdoors each day will not only give your child the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills, their balance and body awareness, it also meets their need to explore, have an adventure, experience nature, plant and sow, play with their peers, strengthen bonds with others, take turns, share, have fun outside and enjoy the sun whenever it shines!
We have devised an outdoor play programme that is part of our overall care & education programme for all children attending KinderCrescent. Our outdoor time is an extension of our indoor activities so, weather permitting, many of our classroom based activities are moved outdoors for even more fun and enjoyment! We ensure that, weather permitting, children will play outside for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. It is important that children are dressed appropriately for outdoor activity. Parents are asked to ensure that their child have the appropriate attire for the weather. Should the weather not permit outdoor fun & activity, each class participates in our ‘Bizzy-Break’ programme, which is physical exercise programme, devised by the Irish Heart Foundation .