Telephone Number:- 02380 864 228 Calmore Infant School Calmore Drive  Calmore, Totton SO40 - 2ZZ AT CALMORE Registered Charity Number:- 1062510
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OUTDOOR POLICY
At Caterpillars  we believe that outdoor learning is crucial to children’s development for the following reasons: - Movement is a vital component of play and other forms of learning and requires space. Growth and development of body and brain are inseparable. Ample experience in running, climbing and balancing is necessary if children are to learn to read and write successfully. Cramped home conditions of some young children can restrict movement. Children are losing the places in society where they can play freely. The physical right of children to be active must be safeguarded throughout the day and in all weathers. The potential for heart disease begins in early childhood. Some learning can only happen outside. Inclusion All children regardless of their age, ability, mobility, gender or culture will be included as much as possible in the opportunities offered for outdoor learning. Safety Safety will always be of prime consideration and the following measures will be taken to minimise the risks of playing outside - A member of staff will always inspect the area before taking the children outside. After the area has been inspected and is safe the children will be escorted outside. A member of staff will count how many children are outside. Children are supervised at all times. If a child wishes to use the toilet a member of staff will accompany them inside. If a member of staff has cause to leave their designated position area they should advise another member of staff that they are doing so. Children play at their own level on the play equipment, closely watched by the staff who will give assistance if a child gets into difficulty. Sun Safe At Caterpillars we know that young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun and that this damage may develop into skin cancer in later life. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun, and sunscreen should be applied generously and regularly as it can easily be washed, rubbed or sweated off. At the start of each summer term parents are reminded by newsletter to send their child in with a hat, and that they should apply sunscreen to their child in the mornings.  We also ask parents/carers to supply their child with sun cream and ensure that this is named. We ensure that there is an adequate supply of fresh drinking water available and that the children know how to access it if they feel thirsty or hot. References to other relevant policies: Safeguarding Children & Child Protection, Confidentiality & Client Access to records, Information Sharing, Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality , Achieving Positive Behaviour, The Role of the Key Person, Children’s Records Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Information This policy will be monitored and evaluated as per our rolling programme at staff meetings. It will be reviewed annually by the Chairperson in conjunction with the staff team and Committee unless new legislation or an incident occurs which requires an immediate review of the policy    This policy was adopted on: July 2017