Let’s get outside!
Following the huge success of our Nature Kindergarten, the very first of its kind in Ireland, the team at Park Academy Childcare have created an Outdoor Education Programme so that all of our children can benefit from this wonderful learning experience.
The programme aims to provide more opportunities for children to spend time outdoors and to allow them to enjoy the benefits that this exploration brings. The remodelling of our outdoor areas means that we now provide facilities such as sand pits, gravel pits, mud kitchens, tyres and vegetable patches – all of which encourage outdoor play and inspire new learning.
Our trained Early Years & Outdoor Educators are committed to extending the children’s learning through nature, whether that’s assisting them to plant sweet pea or creating outdoor challenges using the materials that surround them. By incorporating nature into the everyday curriculum, the children develop a respect and love for their environment and a deeper understanding of the world that they live in. At Park Academy Childcare, we believe that this holistic development is vital for a child’s wellbeing and happiness, as well as for their education and learning.
Sensory education is an integral part of our educational philosophy at Park Academy Childcare and our teams ensure that nature plays a key part in this exploration. From a very young age our children are exposed to a variety of different natural materials which are relevant to their environment, from pine cones and leaves to mud and sand. These materials also give children an opportunity to engage in open ended creative play which is a key learning goal for ‘wellbeing’ under the Aistear Curriculum.
In today’s world, technology and busy lifestyles have led to a significant reduction in outdoor activity and this is impeding on children’s development. From obesity to mental health issues, most of our most urgent societal issues can be linked to this decrease in outdoor play. At Park Academy Childcare we are working to redress that balance and to give children access to all the wonderful benefits that the outdoors have to offer them.
“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives’ Thomas Berry
“Play is the highest form of research”- Albert Einstein
“Children will learn to explore when they are given the opportunities to do so …and not given a reason why they cannot” Unknown