Appletree Room

3-4 Year Old’s

Our Environment

We strongly believe in creating an environment that supports the interests and needs of all children. Our Appletree room is an environment for 3-4 year olds that consists of free flow access to both indoor and outdoor learning areas and children are free to enjoy playing outside in all weathers, or explore the indoor environment at their leisure.

Our environment is set up to support children to develop skills against the seven areas of development outlined in the Early Years Framework and EYFS Development Matters document. The seven areas of development are:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Math’s
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

Outdoor Area:

  • Mud Kitchen:

Where children can explore, create and construct using mud and other natural products

  • Growing and Digging Areas:

To support children’s exploration of the world.

  • Large covered gazebo area:

Our gazebo houses den making equipment, construction blocks and creative resources.

  • Climbing frame:

Our purpose built climbing frame and slide to support the development of gross motor skills.

  • Meadow:

The children in the nursery have access to the attached meadow, which is a large, natural space with mature trees, plant life and wildlife…it is the perfect place to spend a few hours hunting for minibeasts, building dens, whittling branches or making a potion. Forest school sessions are held weekly.

Indoor Area:

  • Home corner:

This area allows children to recreate experiences they have observed and role play in a safe environment. Our home corner is often developed into a theme to support our story curriculum.

  • Reading/cosy corner:

Our reading area is a safe, quiet zone of the environment that support children to listen to and retell stories and poems. This area has a puppet theatre and small world focus areas to support the current story or focus. At times, this area is used for physical development, such as rolling, due to the soft matted floor.

  • Construction area:

With a range of large wooden blocks, children are encouraged to use all areas of the seven areas of development to build, construct and role play.

  • Small world area:

The small world area changes thought the weeks to reflect the interests of the children and to support themes and stories outlined in the Curriculum Map.

  • Creative area:

This area allows the children to explore painting, malleable play-  including playdough and junk modelling.

  • Investigation area:

This area invites children to explore nature, including Trees, Light and Dark, Winter and Life Cycles.

  • Snack area:

Our snack area is a self-service area, which supports children’s self-help skills, gross motor skills and turn taking.