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Spotlight on… Nature Rangers at Bumpkins

Date: December 11, 2013 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Bumpkins News, Great Outdoors

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The Bumpkins Nature Rangers was set up to enable all children to have direct contact with nature. Evidence and research highlights the fact that in our ever changing society children are spending less and less time playing outside and this has huge implications on their overall well being and development. Nature Rangers enables the children to benefit from being outside and gives them the chance to experience nature in a natural outdoor environment.

We place a great deal of on outdoor learning and our children spend as much time as possible outside all through the year in the nursery garden, growing flowers or vegetables, splashing in puddles and making dens. But what is Nature Rangers all about?

Nature Rangers Aims:

  • To allow children the opportunity to be in contact with nature and have positive outdoor experiences.
  • To build confidence and self esteem with small achievable tasks or activities.
  • To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
  • Encourage social awareness and social skills
  • To allow children to master risk and challenge in a safe non-threatening environment.

Nature Rangers involves:

  • Child initiated learning.
  • Being outdoors.
  • Integration with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Fun.

Nature Rangers helps to develop:

  • Confidence and self esteem.
  • Communication and social skills.
  • Physical skills.
  • Greater understanding of the outdoor environment.
  • Healthier lifestyles.

You’ll see much more activity from a Nature Rangers perspective in 2014. We launched it in 2013 and it’s done really well – we’ve had a Willow Dome Building Day – with parents and children and we are really pleased to see how many opportunities there are to integrate Nature Ranger learning and experiences in our everyday activities. Whilst we are full of ideas for this, we love your input, so please let us know if you have ideas on how we can continue to expand the reach of our activities in this area!

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