Nursery Outdoor Play
At Brambly Hedge nursery in Castleford
we are very lucky to have a large and secure outdoor play area for our
children with a separate smaller area for our babies. We have the biggest
outdoor play area of all nurseries in Castleford.
Over the last few years these areas have been upgraded
to include safety play surfaces, extensive grassed areas, cradle swings,
sand pits, climbing and balancing equipment, large ‘digging’
areas (children love to dig!), log trains, wall mounted mirrors and
chalk boards, a slide, picnic tables, cycle tracks, decking areas, sensory
gardens and growing areas, and much, much more.
Our Woodland Area
We have taken over an additional area of woodland
adjacent to the nursery to provide another ‘natural play area’
for our children. It has been fenced and landscaped and provides trees,
large logs, log seating, story areas, dens, nature trails and picnic
We have also created growing areas for vegetables
and fruit trees so children can be involved in all the processes from
digging, planting, picking, preparing and eating.
Our outdoor play environments offer children
the freedom to explore, use their senses and be physically active and
exuberant - skipping, jumping, climbing, balancing, running around freely
and practicing their ball skills – throwing, catching and kicking footballs
etc. Whilst having fun and enjoying plenty of fresh air children's development
in all six areas of learning is promoted, for example, children gain
Understanding of the World as they explore and investigate nature, the
weather, the seasons and mini beasts. Children's Personal, Social and
Emotional Development is supported as they learn social play and interaction
(sharing, taking turns and taking care of each other).
The Meadow Area
Our meadow adjoins the main outdoor play area and provides a large grassed area for the children to explore. The meadow area is used for a wide range of activities including parachute games, football, obstacle courses, mini-beast hunting and team games. The meadow is also used for special events and activities throughout the year including Sports Day, Family Fun Days and celebration of sporting events such as The Olympics and Wimbledon.
The Two Year Olds Outdoor Classroom
outdoor classroom is an area specifically for our two year old children.
This area is situated within our woodland area and provides a rich outdoor
learning environment for the children. The area is multi-sensory with
a range of natural items to touch, smell and see. The children are able
to engage in a range of activities including sharing a story underneath
the gazebo, role-play within the log hut, identifying living things
within the mini-beast hotel and exploring the different textures within
the multi-sensory planters.
Brambly Hedge Day Nursery Castleford is near Methley,
Normanton and Pontefract. The nursery is within easy reach of the M1
and Junction 31 of the M62 (5 minutes away) and A1 networks. The day
nursery has a large, safe parking area which provides ample parking
spaces for all parents and visitors.