It provides access to space to nurture mind body growth
Physical development is the pre-requisite for the children’s growth
Enhances the development of motor skills (gross and fine
Develops co-ordination, balance and body awareness
Keeps the body, heart and other organs healthy
Develops a life-long good habit of daily exercise

It provides the opportunity for assessed risky freedom, where children can play and socialise freely and use their own imagination and initiative.

All the areas of learning can be achieved outside while the children’s long-term social, emotional and mental health are being enhanced.
Exercise can affect emotions allowing for relaxation and calmness and a heightened sense of wellbeing (Armstrong 1996)

Young children’s basic need for well-being and involvement, and thier urge to explore and make sense of the world, is developed through high quality play in an outdoor environment.

Why do children in Early Years need free access to the outside?

Accurate assessment- Children act differently outside and therefore you may only get accurate observations when observing outside.
Healthy body and brains- There is more space to move, fresh air, vitamin D, peace, and mindfulness- all things children need to develop and grow
increased Self-Esteem- Outdoor play gives children new skills; raises their self-esteem, develops their thinking skills and collaborative skills. These skills are an excellent basis for classroom learning.
Characteristics of Effective Learning- They are able to play and explore, learn actively, develop their ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Awe and Wonder- There is a sense of freedom that Children feel outside because they fell like they are in charge of what they do outside. There are things that children will discover outside that cannot be discovered inside sparking awe and wonder
Access to the outdoors is part of the curriculum- The reasons above are why the Statutory Framework (2017) states “Providers must provide access to an outdoor area or if this is not possible that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis”