More natural and recycled materials. Less plastic and waste.
We use quality wooden furniture, toys and equipments wherever practical. These are more durable, sustainable and healthy.
This contributes to a more natural environment, where the warm, tactile textures of real timber are far more inviting and stimulating than brightly coloured plastics.
Temperatures permitting, children spend a significant part of each day learning and playing outside in the fresh air.
The outside areas are used as an extension of the classroom, and are a natural teaching environment. They are designed to create learning opportunities, and are split in to different activity areas.
Our gardens include a dedicated planting area for the children. Under staff supervision, they are encouraged to plant, care for, and pick flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. A highlight of their day is the opportunity to harvest, prepare and taste something they have grown themselves.
Recycled / Repurposed Equipment
Not everything has to be shiny and new!
For example, children delight in junk modelling. Some scissors, glue and paint can turn a cardboard box in to all-manner of make believe. It is an opportunity for children to become fully immersed in a team project, spread over several days, to create a design from their own imagination.
We also use re-purposed materials to create features for the children. In our outdoor areas, you will find palettes re-purposed in to cars, a footbridge, planters and a water-wheel. In the classrooms, you find industrial spools re-purposed in to tables; obsolete phones and electronics used as toys; and much more.