Learning Outside the Classroom

UK's Largest Childcare Charity Calls for ALL Nursery Children to Receive Minimum Two Hours Outdoor Learning Per Day

Nursery Children Outdoor Learning

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), the UK's largest childcare charity and social enterprise, is spearheading a new initiative across its 37 nurseries to get children learning in outdoor garden spaces to reinforce the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development whilst helping boost vitamin D levels.

At a time when there is so much focus on academic attainment and staying indoors, LEYF is now calling for outdoor learning to be a crucial component of every child’s nursery education – with a minimum of two hours learning outside per day (regardless of the weather).

Prepare to be amazed with the Science of Magic this February Half Term at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Prepare to be amazed with the Science of Magic this February Half Term at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Families will be held spellbound at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium this February half term as the team explores the Science of Magic, from Friday 15 – Monday 25 February.

World Jumping UK introduce Flexi-Bounce Therapy 

Children jumping on trampoline

Most teachers and care staff who provide Rebound Therapy, know of the benefits and would like to be able to provide it on a daily basis. 

Currently, a common issue for many special needs schools and centres is that they can only provide Rebound Therapy sessions once or twice a week due to their number of students and only having one or two full sized trampolines. And during holiday times, sessions stop altogether. Some schools and centres are not able to provide Rebound Therapy at all because they do not have the budget or space for a full sized trampoline.

Learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Children learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Ravenglass Railway Museum is a great place for a school visit. There are many opportunities for learning from the museum, the railway, the site and the community it serves. 

Located in West Cumbria, the Museum tells the story of the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway which opened in 1875 and still carries 100,000 passengers every year behind beautifully preserved steam locomotives. The museum offers an extensive archive and exhibits that share the history of the line and allows visitors to get up close to the locomotives and coaches. 

The Accessible Adventure Experience you won’t find anywhere else

Accessible Adventure Experience

Calvert Trust Exmoor enables people with all types of disabilities, and their families and friends, to experience exciting, challenging and enjoyable activity adventures in a safe, accessible and inclusive setting. Activities on offer include sailing, horse riding, wheelchair abseiling, accessible cycling, archery, and a fantastic accessible low ropes course.

Many visitors return to Calvert Trust Exmoor time and again for the unique experience it provides them. But what is it that makes this place so special?

Learning in the Great Outdoors

Children learning in the Great Outdoors

Being outside is good for all of us. However, the great outdoors provides an expanse of learning opportunities that are particularly significant for those in pre-school, Reception and Year 1.

In recent years, study after study has highlighted the growing amount of time young children spend in front of screens and the correlating diminishing time spent outside. Society has changed. More of us work in offices Monday to Friday, few of us work outdoors and many of us only see our children in the evenings and at weekends. These days, kicking a ball around a field or collecting leaves in Autumn has a lot to compete with. Computer games, Youtube and on demand children’s TV often consume our children’s entire attention.

State funded schools run more residential trips per year than independent schools

children on residential trips

The results of a survey of nearly 400 school leaders from secondary schools across England, focusing on residential school trips, has been released today. The research was carried out by the School Travel Forum, the not-for-profit professional trade association for educational travel providers, dedicated to promoting safety in school travel.

Pendine Outdoors – excellent value!

Pendine Outdoors – excellent value!

Make your next residential brilliant at Pendine Outdoors!

Providing group accommodation and activity breaks to school groups for over 30 years, Pendine Outdoors is well able to offer professional, bespoke packages for all, including a diverse array of activities, making it easy to plan your group's educational residential ... and all within 5 minutes walk of the award winning blue flag Pendine Sands.

Rein & Shine Seeks Sponsorship to Offer Free Equine-Assisted Learning to Autistic Children

Rein & Shine

A North Wiltshire equestrian centre is seeking sponsorship to be able to hold an event offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children. Rein & Shine’s Hoof Club is running the event in support of the National Autistic Society (NAS), with the aim of benefitting the wider community on a not for profit basis.

The centre hopes to fund the event with the help of local companies with any profits being donated to the National Autistic Society.

Rein & Shine is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, with a well-respected reputation for teaching disabled riders.