St. Mogue's and Outdoor Play
At St. Mogue’s we understand value of outdoor play and we see the outdoor environment to be an essential teacher in each child's healthy development. Therefore, we have outdoor facilities that are as enriching, safe and focused on creativity as our indoor facilities.
How Outdoor Play Works at St Mogue's
We are committed to offering outdoor play on a daily basis. This means that we access the outdoor environment whatever the weather including rainy days. The childcare centre provides wet gear for each child and parents are asked to provide a warm waterproof coat, hat, gloves and wellie boots. Even when dressed for the outdoors your child’s clothing may get wet so they will need several changes of clothing.
The Benefits of Outdoor Play
Outdoor play provides children with opportunities for:
Movement that is essential for development within the brain and nervous system
Access to fresh air, nature and the natural environment
Exploratory and investigative play experiences
Undertaking challenges and learning about risk in a safe environment
Promoting a child’s self-esteem, mental and physical well being
Social interactions which enhance child—child and child—practitioner relationships
The Outdoor Facilities
The playground - which has fixed playground equipment and safety surface
The green area - which includes two sandpits, playhouse, cycle path, large green area, log garden to encourage insects, a willow structure, flower gardens and storage for loose parts for exploratory and construction play
The sandpit area - which includes our large sandpit, the outdoor shelter, outdoor tap for water play and a decking area that houses our raised beds where we grow herbs and vegetables
The sensory garden - this area includes vegetable beds, sensory tyre garden, outdoor stage, art tables, weaving frame, outdoor tap for water play, two water highways, sensory boxes and tubs, sandpit and a music area including a large drum.