The Great Outdoors

Outdoor play offers so many more benefits than just fresh air and exercise; it provides all types of opportunities for social and emotional growth, gross motor skills and self confidence. Through physical outdoor play children develop confidence in themselves as their physical abilities increase. A child who is initially cautious, reluctant, or simply too young to climb a particular piece of playground equipment, will beam when he finally achieves the confidence and know-how to make the climb. Children who feel good about their physical abilities tend to see their whole selves in a more positive light.  This generalized feeling of confidence leads to more positive experiences as children approach other children in play, solve problems and conflicts arising in play, and negotiate changes and transitions during play sessions.  Having opportunities to regularly interact with other children in a multi-aged group is a unique and marvelous benefit of family child care.