Welcome to Tiny Footprint Outdoor Explorers!
I am a registered childminder and a member of the Forest Childcare Association. I am in the process of taking this further by completing qualifications with the Forest School Association so that Tiny Footprint can become a FSA Forest School Provider in the future.
Tiny Footprint is a sunny, bright learning environment to suit all ages with safe indoor and outdoor areas. There is space for bustling, noisy interaction, as well as quiet areas for thoughtful play, reflection and reading.
There is a designated area for arts, crafts and messy play which are loved by most children and so enjoyed on a regular basis!
A range of toys and learning resources are available for all ages and abilities and these are rotated depending on what topic we are following that week.
We have just secured an overgrown outside space approximately 200ft long separate from our actual setting which will be used for our new ‘Tiny Footprint Mini Explorer’ sessions. This will then be developed so that we are able to use the space daily if we are not out and about elsewhere!
At the actual Tiny Footprint setting, the double patio doors lead straight outside onto wooden decking which is separated from the main grass areas. This space has a table and chairs which allows us to paint, draw and play outside in all weathers and is also used for outside snack time in the warmer months.
This separate area gives the little ones, and older children who do not want to always join in the rough and tumble of the others, their own quieter safe space to play, imagine, watch and enjoy. It has a water table, small play house and slide, ride on toys, seats and large colourful plastic building blocks.
The main part of the garden consists of two different level grass areas that contain play houses, slides, a swing, tunnels and see-saw rockers.
A separate area to the side of the garden is more overgrown to encourage learning about wildlife, the environment, nature and forest play. Here we look for insects, collect leaves and sticks, use crayons to do bark rubbing pictures and the children also use cameras to capture what they have created or seen to bring the outdoors inside.
We rotate outside activities with the children who are encouraged to plant and grow flowers, potatoes, vegetables and to feed the birds, butterflies and insects.
We also like to get out and about as much as possible which includes going to local playgroups, sensory groups and sometime soft play centres. We usually visit The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey and Ickworth House, gardens and park with the children or South Angle Farm Park where the children are able to feed the animals and enjoy talks about