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In part two of a series on winter, Julie Mountain looks at creating spaces that allow children to make the most of the great outdoors.
High Greave Infant School in Rotherham has transformed its provision over the past two years. Ruth Thomson visited to see how it is working to meet the needs of its children.
A new climbing area is offering impressive challenge and variety, says King's Meadow Primary School's Sarah Obinna.
These dark spaces hold the promise of adventure for children and can promote fun, learning and creativity, says Marianne Sargent.
Understanding both physical and psychological environments is key when creating areas for two-year-olds. Julia Manning-Morton explains how settings' management of this impacts on children's well-being.
It is essential to put strong processes in place to ensure quality provision for twos, says Vicky Hutchin.
In looking to ease the transition to nursery, settings can also find ways to engage with the children currently in their care. Alison Anderson shares her experience devising a programme with this goal in mind.
Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.
If boys use the home corner less than girls, it may be wise to broaden your resources, says Anne O'Connor.
Providing opportunities for active outdoor play significantly increases children's agility and it need not be expensive, says Julie Mountain.
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