We have access to woodland, playing fields and a playpark that was built with early years in mind. We strongly believe that our children thrive in an outside environment where we can plan for their next steps with the resources that nature provides and taking on those necessary skills that will equip them throughout life.
Children who learn to play outdoors are much more likely to continue to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, running and cycling as they get older. Given the number of gadgets and new technology available to us all, outdoor play is an extremely important factor in combatting an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
Learning in an outdoor environment allows children to interact with the elements around us and helps them to gain an understanding of the world we live in. They can experience animals in their own surroundings and learn about their habitats and lifecycles.
Indoor spaces can often feel overcrowded to children and naturally, they may feel intimated in this type of environment. More space outdoors can help children to join in and ‘come out of their shells’. Giving children outdoor learning experiences offers them a chance to talk about what they have done with their friends, teachers and parents.
The extra space offered by being outdoors will give children the sense of freedom to make discoveries by themselves. They can develop their own ideas or create games and activities to take part in with their friends without feeling like they’re being directly supervised. They’ll begin to understand what they can do by themselves and develop a ‘can do‘ attitude, which will act as a solid foundation for future learning.
Being outdoors provides children with more opportunities to experience risk-taking. They have the chance to take part in tasks on a much bigger scale and complete them in ways they might not when they’re indoors. They can learn to make calculated decisions such as ‘should I jump off this log?’ or ‘can I climb this tree?’
“I have a 2-year-old who has just started at Honeybees, and a 4-year-old who is about to move up to school, and I can honestly say the needs of both age groups are met perfectly.”
"The staff are so warm and welcoming, so attentive, with excellent communication skills.”
“Staff feedback is excellent, and as a parent I feel included and that the individual needs of my child are met.”
"Really friendly and skilled staff, this was an ideal setting for our 4 year old before she moved up to school"
"Honeybees is a wonderful environment for my child. Amazing indoor and outdoor learning, attentive staff, a place where they thrive. I love the space the children are given to learn, grow and play. Thank you honeybees!"
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