Upperthong JI School Reception Outdoor Provision

by Carolyn Littlewood in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Upperthong JI School Reception Outdoor Provision

Total raised £4,960

raised so far

+ est. £380.00 Gift Aid



Making the grass area a safe place to play and explore-den building, sand and colour Adding rubber crumb and markings for bikes and scooters

by Carolyn Littlewood in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Purchase additional resources to strengthen physical development. Fund some additional security for the woodland area to keep children children safe during outdoor play and forest school activities.

Upperthong JI School is recognised for the strength of the reception provision. We are passionate about ensuring that our children get a great start to their school learning journey. Our provision inside is great however our outdoor provision needs some revamping in order to ensure our children have access to the best.

Now more than ever, we must recognise the importance of outdoor play when it comes to the impact it has on early years development.

Not only does it act as an integral part of a child's learning opportunities, but it can help massively benefit children's mental and physical health and wellbeing.  

Mental health issues among children are rapidly on the rise, so it's important for us to find ways to combat this, ensuring that mental wellbeing is at the forefront of children’s learning, through early years and beyond.

Spending time outdoors can have a positive impact on both mental and physic1679490993_play_area.jpgal health at any age, so it's important that we encourage it from a young age.

Spending time outdoors daily helps keep children fit and healthy physically. Encouraging children to run, jump, climb and chase develops good physical fitness, as well as helping aid in critical development such as stability, bone density, and muscle development. Staying healthy from a young age can help prevent future problems too. 

The outdoors presents a different and exciting environment where children can have fun, letting imaginations run wild and offer an escape from reality. 

Exercise releases chemicals helping us regulate our mental health. Participation in just ten minutes of physical activity can have a significant impact on the psychological and emotional wellbeing of children - boosting self-esteem, lowering anxiety, and reducing stress. The outdoors is the perfect place to encourage and engage children in physical activity. Providing different equipment and making it easily accessible enables physical activity and the benefits it brings whilst improving physical development too.

This important vitamin is crucial for child development, helping to maintain a healthy body and mind, and one of the best natural sources is the sun. Vitamin D helps our bodies to regulate calcium and phosphate, keeping bones, muscles, and teeth healthy. Vitamin D increases the production of serotonin, essential for stabilising our mood and is linked to happiness. Serotonin affects our brains and nervous system, aiding cognitive development, improving memory and concentration.

Playing outside offers children a chance to explore and process feelings in a situation that they can control. The increased spa1679490919_image2.jpegce lends itself well to group activities providing opportunities to practice empathy and develop an understanding of others. Outside is the perfect place for children to make friends, helping develop their social and emotional skills, by engaging in group activities and problem-solving.

Having an outside area allowing children to connect with nature and explore different types of plants can have a calming effect. Spending time outdoors allows children to explore their natural environment and the world around them.

Our vision for our outdoor area:

  • Levelling the current muddy grassy slope and covering it with astro turf to provide a safer and more appealing place to play
  • Introducing den building opportunities and a safer sandpit to develop imaginative play
  • Replacing the current concrete floor with safer rubber crumb
  • Installing markings on the floor for use when riding bikes and scooters
  • Installing eq1679490853_img_64362.jpguipment of different heights to encourage physical development along with opportunities to explore and create
  • Making a sheltered area more inspiring by changing the flooring and introducing colour and additional equipment.

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