Here at Canterbury Road Day Nursery our babies have a separate outdoor environment solely for their use. The space is tailored to meet the needs of our youngest learners, aged from 0-2 years, to promote their physical and intellectual development.
The outdoor environment is surrounded by beautiful flowers and a herb garden, providing our babies with a stimulating, multi-sensory environment. This provides opportunities for the babies to learn about the world around them and to learn through doing and experimenting.
We aim to foster children’s curiosity and imagination through providing an array of creative opportunities to support babies’ sensory skills in our designated creative area. Our soft play equipment encourages babies to improve their muscle strength, balance and confidence, all whilst having fun alongside their peers.
Our Tots Garden has been created with our curious and adventurous toddlers in mind. The large play space designed for children aged 2-3 years has soft flooring and is separated into designated spaces that support all aspects of children’s development.
We believe outdoor play establishes a healthy and active lifestyle and supports children’s overall wellbeing. We have a large canopy that covers our toddlers garden, protecting us from the sun and providing some shelter from the rain.
Our climbing equipment allows children to develop their gross motor skills and manage their own risks in a fun and safe way, whilst supporting their balance and coordination skills.
We have our very own mud kitchen in the Tots Garden, allowing children to connect with nature, develop their sensory skills and broaden their language and communication. Our large playhouse supports children’s imaginative skills and is equipped with real life resources to enable children to learn through first-hand experiences.
Our water station is not only fun! It also develops mathematic skills through pouring and filling and builds upon children’s imaginative skills.
Pre School Garden
Our Pre School Garden provides unique opportunities for our eldest learners to explore, use their imagination and develop a love for the outdoors. We have a purpose-built mud kitchen where children can investigate and get messy while developing language, communication and mathematical skills.
We have a large, paved road where children can use their gross motor skills on the bikes or practice their balancing skills on the scooters while developing skills around spatial awareness. Our built in traffic lights allows children to learn about road safety and manage their own risks.
We have a potion station where children can explore and use their imagination while concocting a variety of new smells and textures. This allows children to experience the versatility of natural resources found in the environment and develop their sensory skills.
We also have a rabbit called Lew who lives in our pre school garden in his own large hutch. Children are able to learn about looking after small animals, as well as experiencing the importance of care routines such as feeding, fresh water and clean bedding. This allows our children to be independent thinkers and have responsibility for living things.