Faery Childcare loves to explore nature, we love to get dirty. As much as we have our physical space, that is only a small part of our environment. We journey to the forest, nature park and country as much as possible. Did you know dirt was healthy for you? Or that being outside strengthens your body growth and development.
According to an article called, The importance of outdoor play for young children’s healthy development by, Gabriel a Bento a and Gisela Dias."Changes in current societies are affecting childhood experiences. Time for outdoor play is diminishing, contributing to more sedentary lifestyles, disconnected from the natural world. Recognizing the importance of outdoor play for young children’s healthy growth, a project focused on the exploration of the outdoor environment was developed with a group of young children in an early childhood education setting in Portugal."
Further on within the article, it shared that"The importance of play for children’s healthy development is grounded in a strong body of research. As a natural and compelling activity, play promotes cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being, offering the necessary conditions for children to thrive and learn. Through play, the child can experiment, solve problems, think creatively, cooperate with others, etc., gaining a deeper knowledge about his/herself and the world. From an early age, the possibility to experience several opportunities for unstructured play, in which the child can decide what to do, with whom and how, promotes positive self-esteem, autonomy, and conﬁdence."
All of these benefits come from discovering the great outdoors. "While playing outside, children beneﬁt from being exposed to sunlight, natural elements, and open air, which contributes to bones development, stronger immune system and physical activity."
We cannot wait for the next adventure to begin...
Lesley is a graduate of the Early Educator Diploma course, who excelled in her learning at Conestoga College. Additional has taken Social Work and the Law, Group Dynamics, psychology, Sociology and Redefining Early Learning and Care. She has also taking Reaching In Reaching Out, RIRO 1 and 2. Working within Early Learning and Care framework, as well as, the children and families under that umbrella is a passion of Lesley's.