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Outdoor Pre School Open Day and Consultation

29th September 2017

From 10am to 12.30pm on Friday 29th September, St Kew ACE Academy and the Eden Project will provide tasters of what to expect from a nursery with a nature-based play approach and where children will be playing and learning outside most of the time.

Staff from both organisations recognise the value of the outdoors as a learning resource, which has been reinforced by many pieces of research and more recently within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. The EYFS states:

‘Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children’s development.’

‘Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.’

‘It gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world.’

‘Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.’

In addition to families who already use the preschool, the invitation to visit the new preschool on 29th September is being extended to anyone with a child aged 0-5 who is interested in finding out more about this exciting new provision.

At the open day, there will be a treasure hunt, cooking on an open fire, mud picnic and nature crafts. There is no need to book, to find out more information please contact St Kew ACE Academy on 01208 841306 or email

Sam Kendall, Eden Project Education Manager, said:

“The Eden Project’s charitable mission is to connect people with the living world and with each other. Working with teachers, students, schools and nurseries is a fabulous opportunity for us and we’re excited to be working in partnership with St Kew ACE Academy to bring the benefits of outdoor learning and play to the pre-school children there.”

Rachel Murray, Head of School at St Kew ACE Academy, said:

“The outdoor pre-school will be a fantastic addition to the wide and varied outdoor facilities already on offer to our school pupils with the pre-school children being able to explore and learn outdoors in our existing round house, polytunnels growing fruits and vegetables, a biodiversity, pond and wooded areas. We are passionate about outdoor learning at St Kew and the freedom of an outdoor learning experience, where the children will be able to explore many new learning opportunities, learn to take risks and use this unique environment to engage in a meaningful way. We hope that this will provide a richly resourced, natural space where children will be able to develop in all areas of learning. On a typical day in the pre-school, children will participate in the growing of vegetables, cooking over a campfire, creativity using natural resources, plus numeracy and phonics activities using the natural environment in a play based curriculum.”