"the best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky" Margaret McMillan
The outdoors is a special place where children use their senses to explore the planet and experience the wonders of nature. It is where their bodies, minds and spirits are transformed through daily connections with the natural world. It is where their health (both mental and physical) is protected and boosted and it is where a true sense of wonder and discovery is inspired.
At Great Expectations we believe that a high quality outdoor environment offers infinite possibilities for learning. And as such, all seven areas of learning described in The Early Years Foundation Stage (Personal, Social and Emotional /Communication & language /Physical Development/ Literacy/ Mathematics/Understanding the World/Expressive Arts & Design) can be practiced outdoors together with essential life skills known as The Characteristics of Effective Learning (Playing and Exploring / Active Learning / Creating and Thinking Critically).
Like our indoor environment, our outside space has been designed to provide multi functionality and multi possibilities so that it can be continuously adapted and improved to meet the changing needs and interests of our children. As well as specific outdoor equipment such as bikes, climbing frame and slide, our garden is stocked with a wealth of natural and open-ended resources such as mud, sand, water, leaves, twigs, stones, crates and tyres to ignite imagination. These invaluable resources allow children to play in a self-directed and personally meaningful way as they carry no prescribed purpose.
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Great Expectations Nursery
Call: 01642 243256
Great Expectations is a family run nursery in the heart of Middlesbrough catering for children between 6 weeks and 5 years. We have an excellent reputation for delivering a high quality service.