little angels day care centre, omagh








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“The new development at Little Angels has transformed the outdoor area adjacent to the Centre and is already being widely used by all the children who attend the Centre ranging in age from 3 months to 11 years”

        

Outdoor learning complements indoor learning and is equally important. Play and learning that flow seamlessly between indoors and outdoors enable children to make the most of the resources and materials available to them and develop their ideas without unnecessary interruption. Outdoor learning encompasses all that children do, see, hear or feel in their outdoor space. This includes the experiences that practitioners create and plan for, the spontaneous activities that children initiate, and the naturally occurring cyclical opportunities linked to the seasons, weather and nature.

  

Why Outdoor Learning is important
Outdoor learning in early years settings is important because it:

  • supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles

  • offers children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement

  • promotes a sense of confidence and well-being

  • provides opportunities for developing harmonious relationships with others, through negotiation, taking turns and cooperation

  • supports those children who learn best through activity or movement

  • provides safe and supervised opportunities for children to experience new challenges, assess risk and develop the skills to manage difficult situations

  • supports children’s developing creativity and problem-solving skills

  • provides rich opportunities for imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness

  • gives children contact with the natural world and offers them unique experiences, such as direct contact with the weather and seasons.

 
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for information on the elements of our
Garden design
 

The outdoor transformation project was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development through Axis 3 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007- 2013 under Measure 3.2, Business Creation and Development. The Programme is administered in the Omagh District Council area by ARC North West.