Hearts and Minds is set in three quarters of an acre of land which all children access on a daily basis. The children are provided with wet suits and parents/ carers are asked to provide wellies and suitable outdoor clothing so that come rain or shine each child can explore their surroundings whatever the weather.
Within our outdoor environment we have a sheltered class room allowing children to be creative, relax and investigate along with a beach area where they can explore sand or go fishing in the ‘rock pool’. Outside we have lots of space for children to freely move, there are logs to balance along, ladders to climb and lots of areas to explore. The practitioners have worked together to create exploratory spaces including the mud kitchen, music wall, construction area and water wall.
The children love spending time making ‘delicious’ mud pies, watching the birds on the feeders, greeting Ruby the horse and spending time together as they explore our stimulating environment. The children also enjoy planting seeds and watching flowers, fruits and vegetables grow, they also have the opportunity to taste their creations as part of our healthy menu. All areas within the garden are fully secure and children are supervised within the outdoor environment at all times.
“We are simply blown away by the new look garden. It is simply outstanding. So much thought has been put into it and it is lovely to think of our child having so much fun and learning within it.” – S.Casey