Too much colour overstimulates children. Bright clashing colours and plastic do not create a good environment for under 5’s. At Claylands, we know that nature demonstrates a tranquil environment. Natural colours and materials create a calm and peaceful atmosphere. This is backed up by all the educational research including Reggio. Look at our playrooms which are wood and natural colours and materials – and feel the calm.=
‘Limit screen time for children under 5 years old, says the World Health Organisation. “Children under 5 must spend less time in front of screens, or in prams or sitting down, and have more active play if they are to grow up healthy, says the WHO. If healthy habits are established early in life, this helps shape..childhood, adolescent and adulthood’ We find it a joy at Claylands to watch the children develop whilst learning outdoors in an outstanding natural environment.
Recent events have borne out our own experience gained operating nurseries for 16 years.
At Claylands Nursery, transmission rates of all illness and infections is markedly low. We believe this is because of the amount of time the children spend outdoors and the very large indoor spaces available to the children.
We notice again and again that infections and illnesses are low and any illnesses or infection that does emerge, typically does not spread.
We do believe that the transmission rates are reduced because of the facilities we provide. This has been borne out over the past 16 years. Obviously we are not scientists, we can only say what we see, however the science backs up what we are happy to observe at Claylands Nursery.
This year Claylands Nursery celebrates 16 years of providing incredible learning experiences in our wonderful and unique environment. Come and visit to see for yourself the difference in what we are able to offer.
We make sure that we are always abreast of the most recent updates in childhood practice to ensure that your child has the best start.
With our new flock of wooden sheep, we have been appreciating the glorious days. Playing with water, sand, loose parts. Making and hiding in the den, making cakes in our mud kitchen.
Childhood could not be more creative and fun than at Claylands.
In a world in which we are preparing our youngsters for jobs, it is imperative to fuel children’s curiosity and appetite for learning. This love of learning, along with the skills to communicate, problem-solve, and self-regulate, will lead to life-long success no matter the profession. Some might say that learning these skills will only happen behind a desk in a typical classroom, but educational research tells us that children who spend time in well-designed, nature-filled outdoor classrooms develop skills across all learning domains.
This finding is based on over a decade of research. It also adds to the growing body of evidence that substantiates that, for young children, play is learning, and intentionally designed outdoor spaces provide powerful contexts for children’s growth and development. What makes an outdoor classroom different than the traditional classroom? For one thing, the availability of nature’s loose parts.
This is why, at Claylands Nursery, we keep a large stock of loose items in the garden such as planks, logs, crates, steering wheels, cones and other loose items which enable the children to play in an imaginative and open ended way.
Shelves overflowed with piles of games, equipment and donated items, making the room look more like a car boot sale than a classroom. In fact, there seemed to be more storage space than floor space.…
A cluttered play environment can make children restless and unfocused. When toys do not lead to deep engagement, children are easily distracted and tend to flit between occupations. Having more stuff certainly does not make children happier and often stifles imagination. Educational consultant Sandra Duncan refers to this as “mental clatter” which has a “negative impact on children’s growth and development—and especially their behaviours.”
We like to think that Claylands embraces this philosophy.
Outdoor play is central to early development. Exploring, risk taking, fine and gross motor skills development, and indeed the majority of cognitive development, is best learned outdoors. Children need spaces large enough to run, jump, shout, hide, explore freely, have free access to sand, mud, water, freedom to explore – and Claylands Nursery is unique in providing such a large, safe, natural learning environment. Indeed, over the years, research has proved time and again that we are doing all the right things. We will never have artificial grass! Or over- structured learning environments which benefit adults rather than children.