Hi interested in starting up asocial enterprise, so wondering if outdoor pre school interests you take a couple of minutes to complete this online survey. Many thanks http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSDCYKW
I'm totally against an outdoor nursery. In the same way I'm totally against an indoor nursery. Free-flow and continuous provision is about giving children choice to decide how they want to learn. In an indoor only nursery a child who learns best outdoors is screwed. In an outdoor only nursery a child who learns best indoors is just as screwed. Have balance and give a choice.
I am in favour of a nursery where the outdoors is as valued as indoors. The outdoors is fantastic for learning. In my experience most people are interested in setting up outdoor nurseries on a cost basis. No building means cheap.
Parents tend to say they like the idea, but usually go on to say they'd maybe like to send their child for a morning a week or something. They tend to see it like a 'paint your own pottery' place. Somewhere to go for a session. Not daycare.
Your survey will almost certainly give rather skewed results. It you like the idea of keeping children outside all day you will go fill it in. If you don't like the idea, you won't. The result will be near 100% in favour of outdoor nurseries.
BTW I'm a bug catching, den making, veg growing, experienced and qualified nursery worker and gardener.
I agree with one of the points above, in that I send my daughter to one once a week. She loves it, experiences things she wouldn't experience in her indoor nursery: climbing trees, balancing on logs, using tools - drills, hammers; cooking on fires/ fire safety; outside art and lots more. I don't however, see it replacing indoor nursery as a preparation for school.
Perhaps if there were stronger links to the school I would use it a bit more. I feel it should be a more consistent part of the curriculum. I would like to see my Primary aged child getting a bit more outdoor education too.
Thank you very much for your comments, always great to hear. Yeah I agree completely with balance which is why we propose an indoor space (hopefully in form of cost yurt) for children to freely access. I do feel the entire curriculum can be taught outdoors, just requires well planned activities and resources. very aware that this type of provision is not for everyone and may well be an add on experience for many parents. Many thanks.