The outdoors enhances and extends on what you are able to provide a child indoors. By thinking how and why the outdoors could benefit a child, it then leads on to what to provide and how to plan for outdoor continuous provision.
If children are going to have continuous access to equipment outside, with limited adult input, it has to be structured around the child's development needs and be dressed to reflect their interests - thereby attracting the child to the equipment.
By understanding what skills need to be developed for the child you can then move on to consider what areas of your outdoor space need to be enhanced. You need to ensure outdoor play activities are just that, rather than indoor play taken outside. Make use of the space you have and ensure children are given the chance to explore activities they may not be able to achieve indoors.
Ensure that you work with your whole team when thinking about Continuous Provision and make sure everyone has an understanding of skill development in children and that the use of indoor provision in the outdoor environment can have a significant impact on a child's attainment.
Remember to always risk-assess any activities you are planning within your outdoor space
Using a Risk Management tool ensures risks can be identified, monitored and managed, whilst improvements can be made through learning from events, incidents, errors and near misses. It is also important you have the right insurance in place to carry out your planned activities. Always inform your insurance company of any changes to your setting whether it is outdoor play equipment or new activities for the children such as forest activities.
Jo Taylor is an respected insurance industry leader with over 15 years’ experience working with both education and the public sector. She is responsible for supporting her clients on all things insurance and risk related, and is also a mental health first aider qualified through Mental Health First Aid England.
She has held a number of leadership roles and also has finance and business development experience working in large commercial organisations.
Jo currently works at Towergate as Head of Business Development. Towergate is the UK’s leading independent insurance broking platform and forms part of The Ardonagh Group, an international network of over 100 offices and 7,000 people which incorporates leading brands in both Lloyd’s of London and global markets.
Date: June 04, 2013
Category: Care and Medical