A little bit about why we engage in lots of positive risk taking,
for those who are interested… Playing adventurously motivates children to develop persistence and an enjoyment rather than fear of challenge and extending and exploring boundaries. A willingness to take risks is an important characteristic of an effective learner. The Early Years Foundation Stage guidance states that an effective learner is willing ‘to have a go’ through initiating activities and seeking challenge, showing a ‘can-do’ attitude, taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error. When adults look anxious or repeatedly say to children ‘mind out’, ‘be careful’, ‘don’t do that’, ‘come down or you’ll fall’, there is a danger that they undermine this important disposition to learn by communicating their own anxiety. There is evidence that risk and challenge in a supportive environment is positively linked with emotional well-being, resilience and mental health and that small mistakes and minor accidents can offer some protection against the negative effects of future failure. Managing a small amount of fear and uncertainty, such as balancing along a wobbly plank or rolling fast down a slope and holding your nerve when feeling on the edge of control, is important to emotional well-being. Such play develops children’s resilience and help them to cope physically and emotionally with unexpected events. Vigorous almost out of control play, such as swinging, hanging, rolling or romping – where the normal body position is altered – is crucial for developing children’s sense of balance and sense of their own body in space. Research on children’s neuro-motor skills in primary schools shows that children with immature motor skills do not perform as well on educational measures at eight years old. However, despite an inbuilt sense of danger, children who lack experience can sometimes take risks that are inappropriate, which border on recklessness or which put themselves or others at risk of serious injury. As in many areas of learning, children need the support of experienced others who can help them recognize and assess risk for themselves, teach safe ways of doing things and encourage a ‘can-do’ attitude and a positive disposition to adventurous play. Teaching skills such as testing the strength of a branch before climbing or using a stick to measure the depth of water in a stream before paddling helps children to feel confident in managing risky situations. At Young Friends Nursery we fully support this and as such our children are very effective and confident learners and explorers.
Young Friends does it utmost best to be utterly ‘Eco-Friendly’ with not much substance behind it. We are a little bit different to the rest.
What we do:
We are an eco-friendly nursery that aims to sustain the planet and teach our children to do the same.
How we will reduce our carbon footprint:
We encourage our children to recycle – we have labelled recycling bins in each room for the children to use.
We have a water butt to collect rainwater and we use it to water our vegetable patch with the children.
We have a fully working vegetable patch that we fully involve the children in maintaining.We have a real passion for this as we do about healthy cooking and exercise
We use recycled paper for art work and printing
Our cleaning products are eco-friendly
We communicate with parents through our website and emails – we avoid hard copies where possible
Posters have been created
Activities to use up old stuff – junk modelling is of course the classic
Themed weeks e.g. Eco-Week. We had visits and
Training our children. Each group has a interactive eco-poster that we use daily – well each time they leave a room.
Eco Friendly collection point. This is a brilliant idea and works fabulously. We feel it is doing a little bit for each household in reducing their waste. We are also teaching our staff a little bit along the way.
Library with eco section to teach the children…..
Digital photo frames
Our green travel plan is a big part of what we do. We have ample spaces for buggies and make sure it is as comfortable an experience as possible for them even in the belting rain with rather fancy covers and bike stands. Encouraging staff and parents to use sustainable travel
We are currently on the waiting list for an allotment at The Weald……
Young Friends Nursery is in the very first throws of becoming an ‘Eco School’. ‘Eco-Schools’ is an international award program that guides schools and nurseries on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school and nursery life.
At Young Friends we do all we can to be as eco-friendly as we possibly can. We feel very passionately that this is not only the best way to live but also the best practice to teach our nursery children. We train our staff regarding ensuring they are respectful to the environment in all that they do.
We are in the process of aiming to be labelled as an actual ‘Eco School’ and this part of the site will keep you posted on everything we do in order to achieve this.
For more information go to http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/ecoschools
Throughout the nursery we teach our children about being green and we recycle and save energy in every way we can.
Page to be continued/updated shortly (Sept 2014)…..