Outdoor Play, Nature Kindergarten and Forest School
Outdoor play at Red Hen is awesome. Not only is it fun but the EYFS benefits and all the characteristics of effective learning are activated. We have fully trained Forest School practitioners so cooking on a campfire and using real-tools are integral to the children's experiences here.
Early Childhood Education for Sustainability states 'What young children experience and learn today can influence how future generations live. ECEfS hopes to promote the growing global movement that seeks to nurture knowledge, creativity, kindness, wisdom, critical thinking, empathy and any more of the skills and values that will allow sustainable development to flourish and a better world to emerge.' At Red Hen we provide daily experiences that seeks to facilitate these aims.
Red Hen upholds the saying 'there is no such thing as bad weather, we just need to dress appropriately'. Children (and staff!) are outside the majority of their time at Red Hen - whatever the weather!
Red Hen is proud to have won Nursery World's enabling environment award as well as the Lincolnshire Environmental Award in recognition for the work we do educating children about nature. Listen about us on BBC Radio Lincolnshire:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p055rv48#play
The children and staff are lucky to have the farm and nature area at Red Hen to learn about a wide range of biodiversity including wild flowers, wild animals and birds.
“To move, to run, to feel one’s life in every limb, that is the life of early childhood” (Margaret MacMillan, pioneer of healthy childhoods, good food & fresh air in 1915)
“Children who play in flexible, natural landscapes appear to be healthier, have improved motor fitness, balance and co-ordination and demonstrate more creativity in their play”
“Rural environments foster sensory awareness - while the noisy, busy, hustle and bustle of the city teaches us to shut out a plethora of sensory stimuli, rural environments allow enough space and time for the senses to breathe"
“RECIPE for preserving CHILDREN!
1 grass field, 1 dozen children, half a dozen dogs (& puppies if available), 1 brook, 1 kg pebbles.
Method: into the field pour children and dogs. Allow to mix well. Pour brook over pebbles until sightly frothy. When the children are nicely brown, cool off in pebble froth. Dry. Serve with hot mile and freshly baked gingerbread. (Mrs Baron Clarke in Jenkinson, S: 2001)