At Mucky Pups we are so lucky to have a great outdoor space for the children and adults to learn in.
We have a nature area to watch the birds, hunt for bugs and collect flowers , a place to build and room to run and jump and skip and ride a scooter!
Everyday outdoors is open for us to make the most of this space which is especially important at the moment when it is much safer for us to be outside when we are together than inside.
Have a look at our outdoor page to see what we get up to; HERE
We can learn about EVERYTHING through being outside but it especially important for everyone's well-being which is top of our list at the moment.
Here are some good reasons why:
Fresh Air helps us to relax, reflect, and engage with nature. We love to watch a worm wriggle back into the soil, a ladybird fly away, a bird feed from our hanger or listen to them sing or the rain patter.
Physical activity lowers anxiety and has significant improvements for children in their mental and emotional well-being. We love to play with the scooters, jump, hop, skip and run. We can make ourselves strong through building bridges, obstacle courses, pirate ships and dens!
Sunlight is the best natural source for our bodies to produce Vitamin D, which releases serotonin (which helps regulate emotion and mood and is linked to happiness) in the brain. Children need healthy levels of Vitamin D and serotonin for their mental health and development. Allowing children daily outdoor playtime in natural light, ensures they soak up some nourishment for their brains!
Playing outdoors is thought to help relieve stress and anxiety for children by reducing levels of the hormone cortisol in the brain. Even just five minutes of exercise in a natural outdoor environment can rapidly improve self-esteem and mental health and well being in young people.
So if you don't have a garden or outdoor space make the most of the beautiful spaces we have right here in Lancaster,
Take a walk or cycle to Williamson''s park, walk along the canal and look out for the wildlife you can spot, visit Fairfield Nature Reserve or even go a little further afield and visit the beach at Morecambe or take a trip to Glasson Dock along the cycle track. Take the time to smell the flowers, listen to the birds and hunt for mini beasts. You'll be surprised at what you can find!
Everyone in the family will feel the benefits!!
What outdoor adventures will your children enjoy today?
Now is a huge time for change and this can be very unsettling and worrying and everyone approaches it in different ways.
At Muck Pups this week we have made the change from being closed to reopening again. For the time being it is for those key-worker's children who need childcare and have sometimes found it difficult while we have been closed. For many this has been a lifeline and although we know some of you are not ready yet we want to reassure you that you and your children are still very much part of our Mucky Pups family and understand that a return for you yet is just to soon.
We have had to change the way we work and our daily routine to make sure that everything is as safe as possible, while still keeping it familiar and calm for those children returning. Those returning have embraced it and we have loved seeing them each day. The staff at nursery have been putting photo's and post on Facebook to let you and your children see your friends. Please have a look at our information about how we have done this here
We have welcomed some new brothers to our family as we can now take one year old children. We have started with siblings to help ease the transition back to nursery and keep siblings together.It has also enabled mums and dad's to return to work knowing their children are in one place to help ease their transition back to work while only coping with one setting and ease the concerns of infection from multiple settings. We are continuing this in September for those children who are already registered and then from January expanding the nursery to include more children.
We have also begin the process of preparing for our Chihuahuas and Dalmatians to start school and although it is uncertain when this will be and how this will look we do know that at some point in the future these children will be starting school and taking the next big step in their learning journey. We have been liaising closely with schools; chatting to your child's new teachers and will continue to work with them sending key-worker reports and Capture wheels for them to see. I know many of you have also begun this process at home too.
We will continue to put home learning ideas on Facebook and Twitter and be here for all of you no matter where you are!1