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Young children, the outdoors and nature
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3 ‘Imaginative practitioners overcoming obstacles’

A toddler being supervised while exploring a fire pit.
Figure 5 A toddler exploring the fire pit at Dimples Day Nursery

Sandra Roles is the owner and manager of Dimples Day Nursery in Kent, which has 174 places for children aged between three months and five. Charlotte Roles is a practitioner there. The setting is on an eight-acre site, which means that the children have lots of space to explore the outdoor environment and the opportunities it has to offer (Stow, 2013). You can see a photo from the setting in Figure 5. All the rooms have their own garden, with all but one for the youngest children operating a free flow system between the indoor and outdoor space. In addition, there are communal gardens which offer extra opportunities for children to play, climb, learn and explore. In this section, we hear what challenges and risks Sandra has had to overcome to ensure that children of all ages have quality outdoor experiences in her setting.