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Durham University Day Nursery

Getting outdoors

We believe that all children should have outdoor experiences in all weathers and we have a well-equipped outdoor area, which the children are able to use all year round, in line with guidelines from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

During their time with us, children benefit from a full range of outdoor learning experiences to enable them to reach their full potential.

We have a mud kitchen area which provides the opportunity to build up early child development through sensory play, role play, imagination, maths and hands on exploration. It provides a rich and genuine messy sensory experience.

There is free flow to allow children to take their learning outside and cater for different learning styles.

mud kitchen area


Nursery staff regularly take the older children on local outings and trips, to widen their understanding and experience of their local community and the world around them. We require parents’/carers’ permission to take children on outings and risk assessments are carried out in advance.

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