Outdoor Play

At Brambly Hedge, 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.

The Pre-School is set out in areas which include creative play, construction, home corner, cosy book area, IT, sensory and messy play, paint/collage, dressing up, role play/imaginative play and table top activities. The Pre-school team provide both adult and child led activities each day which are planned as a result of observing each child’s individual interests and needs. We encourage parents to contribute to the planning of activities by letting us know of their child’s interests at home.

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 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). We also have growing areas for vegetables and fruit trees so children can be involved in all the processes from digging, planting, picking, preparing and eating.

Our Woodland We have an additional area of woodland adjacent to the nursery to provide a ‘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.

Our Meadow Area Our meadow adjoins the main outdoor play area and provides a large grassed area for the children to explore. The meadow is used for a wide range of activities including parachute games, multi sports such as football and rugby, obstacle courses and nature trails. We use our meadow area for special events throughout the year including our sports day, nursery graduation event and family fun days.

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Our Meadow Area

Our meadow adjoins the main outdoor play area and provides a large grassed area for the children to explore. The meadow is used for a wide range of activities including parachute games, multi sports such as football and rugby, obstacle courses and nature trails. We use our meadow area for special events throughout the year including our sports day, nursery graduation event and family fun days.

What Our Parents Say

“I feel my child coming to Brambly Hedge has helped him grow in confidence. With him being born premature I thought his learning would be affected, but the staff at Brambly Hedge have worked wonders on him and I feel he is now ready for school.” (L M).