At Kirkgate Childcare we’re not afraid of the rain!! This week we weren’t going to let a little thing like rain – rain, rain and more rain – stop us from getting outside to play.
When the heavens open up, so does another world of outdoor play possibilities for exploring, experimenting, imagining and creating.
Things smell, feel, sound and look different in the rain. Wet sand feels and act differently to dry sand. Soil becomes oozy mud. Surfaces are slippery and squelchy which opens up a teachable moment about learning to risk assess and keep ourselves safe on slippery surfaces, Puddles appear. Different creatures make an appearance…. so many learning opportunities would be missed if children were kept inside
The children became very resourceful creating their own puddle using a plastic sheet and filling it using a bucket when they noticed the rain rather than making puddles it was trickling away down the slope in our outdoor area! They had endless fun jumping in the puddle they created and then decided to experiment by jumping from heights to see who was able to make the biggest splash.
The children also noticed the sound the rain made on the plastic sheet and some of our stainless steel resources which turned onto another teachable moment and a song about the pitter patter of raindrops.
The next day painting at the table turned into painting in puddles, using powder paint….. who wouldn’t want to play in these amazingly colourful puddles.
At Kirkgate Childcare we recognise the importance of outdoor play whatever the weather and when we say we offer free flow we mean free flow come rain or shine a member of staff is outside with a smile to explore the changing environment with the children.
My son has been going to Kirkgate nursery since it opened and he will be leaving in July. We are so sad to be leaving as it is such a wonderful place! It has a truly child-centred ethos where every child really is valued, nurtured and treated as a unique individual. I am so grateful…Hannah
My son has attended Kirkgate childcare since it opened and I can honestly say that he has loved it. Dawn and the team have gone over and above to make sure my sons time there has been happy and safe and we can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for him. I would…Laura
Kirkgate Childcare is an outstanding, tailor made magical place. Our daughter has attended here from the age of two and has excelled in her self confidence & learning. The bonds she has with the team here is second to none, we as parents have an enormous amount of confidence in the staff & would recommend…Zoe
Our daughter has been coming to Kirkgate for a few months now and she absolutely loves it. The staff are fantastic and we have really seen an improvement in her skills, behaviour and confidence since coming here. We would highly recommend this nursery to anyone, 5 Stars from usClaire
my daughter has been at kirkgate childcare now for 2 months and im very happy with how she has settled in. She enjoys her time here and the staff are lovely. im very pleased with our choice of nursery and look forward to seeing my daughter continue enjoying her nursery days and my son to…Lucy