At New Beginnings we recognise that it is important for children to explore the outdoors, this can be beneficial to their physical as well as mental health.
We are lucky to have an ample outdoor area which allows to make provision for the children to engage in physical activities which helps the children to develop their fine and gross motor skills as well as other wealth of experiences.
In addition to this we also use our ample outdoor provision to get our children closer to nature by teaching them how grow their own fruits and vegetables in our dedicated planters. Research has shown that ‘gardening can benefit children of all ages as it provides a great opportunity for children to learn, and equips them with critical skills which can help them in other areas of their lives’.
The children are given individual seeds to plant and tend to before being transferred to the planters; seeing these plants germinate gives the children a sense of achievement that is secondary to none.
In addition to these, being close to nature allows children to use their five sense in feeling the soils, leave, flower, the fruit and the vegetable; they can hear the crackling of the leaves when the weather starts to turn, and see the colour changes; they can smell the herbs that they planted and most importantly they can taste the fruit off their labour when they use them during our cookery classes.