At home

I aim to make sure my setting is as homely as possible, therefore I encourage the children to explore anywhere they wish to. They are introduced to where everything is kept so they can help themselves to things like a drink, a baby wipe or a blanket! The children have access to a large variety of fun toys and games that are suited to their ages and abilities. There are plenty of toys that they can play with on their own as well as a wide variety of toys that they can play with alongside each other. I have designed my garden to be a safe haven where the children can play – they are encouraged to make the most of their surroundings, building dens, making obstacle courses, digging in the vegetable plot, running, jumping and sliding to name just a few activities. I also have the usual ride on toys, water table, fisher price garage and cars, ball games.  In the summer the garden sprinkler will be a huge hit I am sure! 

Outdoor play is vital to a child’s learning and physical development. My garden offers a patio area that will enable the children to enjoy the ride on toys, and a large grassy area where the children can run and jump and play. Within my setting the children are encouraged to play outside and they will always have access to the outside area even if the weather is rainy! Play equipment provided in my garden so far includes:

  • Toddler slide
  • Water table
  • Tuff tray for various uses
  • Ball games
  • Various ride on toys
  • Pavement chalks 
  • Pull along wagon
  • Fisher price garage and cars
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Bubbles
  • Hula hoops
  • Footballs
  • Sprinkler (summer)
  • Play house

Please note: my garden is more on the wild side rather than a neat manicured lawn, it is ideal for running about and letting off steam but your child will need old play clothes and trainers to get the most out of it! There will be lots of organic equipment such as bits of wood for them to enjoy den building – and I have plans for an outside kitchen during the summer months so old clothes are a must!

Out and about

Children under five have bags of energy and usually don’t care what the weather is doing! For this reason I think it important to get out and do interesting things whatever the weather. Luckily in my area we have lots of options.

Here are some of them.

Rainy day trips

  • Libraries
  • Toddler groups
  • Soft play
  • Drop in centres
  • Museums (Cromer Museum, The Mo, RNLI, Henry Blogg, Sheringham Lifeboat Museum)
  • Yesu
  • Jumping in puddles (wellies/umbrellas at the ready!)

​Sunny or dry day trips

  • Swing parks
  • Woodland
  • Sheringham Bower – Den building, pond dipping etc
  • Amazona Zoo
  • National Trust Parks
  • Feeding the ducks
  • Nature trails

Local Area

The village where I live is rural. (About 3 miles from Cromer, Sheringham and Holt) This means it is quiet and safe. There are lots of nice safe walks from my doorstep (all along a path or pavement) and a well stocked children’s park with a huge field, picnic tables and football goals. I also live next door to a well kept meadow which offers a lovely walk through along a cut path with long grasses and wild flowers which attract an interesting selection of bugs and butterflies. Perfect for a bug hunt or even a bear hunt! We have bug collectors with magnified tops so we can look into detail at any bugs we find. The walk there is adequate for little legs, (although suitable for pushchairs if needed) so it makes a great picnic destination on a nice day. On our walks we may see ducks, horses, and chickens.

I think it is important for the children to socialise and I will endeavor to take them to local toddler groups where they can play alongside other children, enjoy a change of scenery and join in with group activities such as singing and dancing. Getting plenty of fresh air and learning about nature will also feature in their weekly activities.