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Freeflow Indoors/outdoors, When Children Are 'upstairs'?


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Hi - wish I did - we are in the same position - haven't managed to find a solution - will watch with interest.......

 

Think we may get suggestions of children 'registering their interest in outdoor play' by posting their names etc. - that still doesn't quite add up to free-flow.........

 

Sunnyday

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Not a ideal situation we have two staff in the outdoor area, the children are then asked if they want to go downstairs, if alot of the children want to go downstairs we close a room to allow this. We have 30 children and three rooms which the children can flow between in the upstairs area. I will looking to see if anyone else has any more ideas. the children are aged between 2 and 5 years

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We have to accept that there are situations where the children cannot wander in and out completely at will.

 

I would still call it freeflow if the children are aware that they can choose whether to be inside or out even if they have to wait to be accompanied by an adult or may go in small groups.

 

Do you still have the facility to allow some to be inside and some to be outside with this sort of arrangement for travelling in between?

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We are able to send a small group outside with sufficient staff (to cover toileting etc). Fortunately we also have two outside areas so if babies/toddlers are outside our (bigger) children can use the science garden (aka Secret Garden). We try to get our PS children out asap after lunchtime when the weather is good, and they go outside as well after tea until it gets too dark. We do, however use the outside areas in all weathers, in case you think a sprinkling of rain puts us off!!!

 

As we work 'indoors out' this doesn't affect their access to the whole curriculum and positively benefits more boisterous children.

 

Obviously, Daycare setting!

 

Sue

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