Nursery Outdoor Play

nursery Methleychildcare CastlefordAt 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

nursery Methleychildcare CastlefordWe 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 areas.

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

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

The 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.

outdoor classroom outdoor classroom

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.