Walcot nursery invests in new outdoor equipment to encourage active and imaginative play

Pre-schoolers and toddlers at The Co-operative Childcare in Walcot are enjoying a new tyre-climbing frame and ‘mud kitchen’, following investment in the nursery’s outdoor play area.

The new equipment strengthens the nursery’s already ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted-rated facilities and highlights The Co-operative Childcare’s holistic approach to early years learning and development. In its most recent report, the nursery was praised for its “excellent range of indoor and outdoor play-based activities.”

Bev Badminton, manager at The Co-operative Childcare Walcot said: “We see our garden as an essential ‘room’ in our nursery. Fresh air and active play is incredibly important for our children, so we’re always looking at ways to keep our facilities outside as fun and engaging as the activities we do inside.

“The new climbing frame and mud-kitchen are proving incredibly popular. Mud pies are a particular favourite and it’s great to see the children building their strength and confidence on the tyre climbing frame.”

The nursery also has a vegetable allotment in its garden, with the children involved in helping to grow different seasonal vegetables throughout the year.

Bev Badminton continues: “Children have an insatiable appetite to explore the world around them. We try and create an outdoor environment that provides lots of opportunities for discovery, play and learning.”

The Co-operative Childcare, a part of the Midcounties Co-operative Society, operates 48 nurseries across the UK, all of which are rated Ofsted Good or Outstanding.

For more information about The Co-operative Childcare in Walcot and its open day on 3rd December 2016, please click here;

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