The Stepped Approach
Over the last year the Foundation Stage staff have been very fortunate to receive training from Early Excellence on the Stepped Approach to outdoor play. Supported by Knowsley Council, the Stepped Approach aims to help childcare and school settings improve their outdoor play facilities and provision. All the staff found the training inspiring and motivating and as a result we have made many changes and improvements to our outdoor play with continuous provision, open-ended and natural resources and the introduction of water play, gardening, den-building and construction, to name a few! The children now have ample opportunities for problem-solving, interacting with the environment, managed risk-taking and co-operative play all developed from their own interests and child initiated play. We have seen many benefits, including increased independence, involvement and well-being. The children are more motivated, interested and the team work has been fantastic. Just look below to see some of the wonderful experiences the children have been able to access. We will continue to play outdoors come rain or shine, hail or snow!