At Lydalls our outside space is split into two areas. We have a traditional outdoor space with a large fixed climbing frame, monkey bars, a magnificent water pump feature, a large space for bikes and wheeled toys, a grassy bank, small resources such as bats and balls, guinea pigs and a sand pit.

The traditional outdoor space provides plenty of opportunity for children to challenge themselves physically in an environment that has been carefully planned. Our climbing frame and monkey bars were replaced and refreshed in Autumn 2013, along with a robust new safety surface. The fireman’s pole and rope tunnel are particular areas of challenge. The water pump, refreshed in Summer 2014, is a fantastic focus for collaboration and perseverance.

Children are encouraged to extend their creative play by adding open ended resources such as pieces of guttering and crates. The children have access to a shed of interesting resources during the session to develop their ideas through play. In addition to our traditional outdoor space we also have a Forest School area where we are able to offer a Forest School type experience.

The children in Nursery and Chameleon Club all spend one session per week in Forest School with their key person. This is a very different outdoor experience in a quieter, shadier part of the Nursery grounds. Here children dig, plant, play with water and hunt for bugs, exploring the whole area throughout the seasons and in all weathers.

“Being allowed outside at all times is something that no previous pre-school we’ve attended has offered. And my son loves it.” Parent, Parent questionnaire 2014

“It is his favourite day of the week” Parent, Parent questionnaire 2014

Our website will provide you with introductory information about our aims and values. They will explain how we work and how the children will learn during their time with us.

Additional information will be displayed in school, published on this website or sent home in Newsletters. At all times, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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