Park Lane Nursery on Scalford Road is a friendly, nurturing, home-from-home nursery in the heart of Melton Mowbray. We are the #1 rated nursery in Melton and we are in the top 10 in Leicestershire - as rated by parents on the reviews site.

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How your child benefits from playing outside at nursery

As lockdown is lifting, we’re all racing to get outdoors and enjoy trips to places like the park. At nursery, we know how vital outdoor play is to your child’s development because we see the benefits of it every day.  

Laurel Pepper is the nursery manager at Park Lane Nursery and has overseen it as it became the #1 rated nursery in Melton and entered the top 10 in Leicestershire, as rated by local parents on

As lockdown is lifting, we’re all racing to get outdoors and enjoy trips to places like the park. Parents will be especially keen to get their children enjoying activities outside after months stuck inside during the winter lockdown. 

But getting outdoors isn’t only important because of the change of scene after months indoors! At nursery, we know how vital outdoor play is to your child’s development because we see the benefits of it every day. 

Our large outdoor play area is a hidden gem in the heart of Melton and is larger than the nursery building itself! This gives children endless opportunities to learn, play and grow outdoors. Here are six ways that your child benefits from playing outdoors at nursery:

1. It helps to develop your child's motor skills

To help develop their motor and physical skills, your child needs to be able to use their whole body. Younger children will benefit from the different environment as they crawl or begin walking outdoors and we have a dedicated baby garden so that they can benefit from this in a more peaceful environment. 

For older children, the outdoor play area gives them the space to do this as they run, jump, climb or ride bikes. We have different equipment to support this, such as the climbing frame and balancing beams. However, the outdoor environment also gives them opportunities to develop their fine motor skills through activities with their hands – such as watering plants in our vegetable garden or collecting natural materials such as leaves. 

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2. Your child will also develop their other skills

Outdoor play will also support other areas of your child’s development and our outdoor area has activities to support all seven areas of early years development. For example, children will develop their imagination and creativity as they make use of our mud-kitchen with their friends. Activities like counting leaves and natural materials will help them to develop their mathematics skills and their social skills will benefit from playing outdoors with their friends.

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3. Some children prefer to learn outside

We know that some children prefer to learn outside, so at nursery we provide all children with the same opportunities to learn and develop their skills both inside and outside. For example, we have a dedicated reading area outside so that a child who prefers to learn outside can develop their literacy in the best place for them.

Research shows that very young children mainly learn through sensory and physical experiences, which support their brain development. Outdoor play helps to increase the range of these experiences throughout their day. 

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4. It can boost your child's confidence and independence

Outdoors, your child will benefit from activities to help boost their independence and confidence. For many children, this is the only opportunity they have to play safely while learning to assess risk – for example as they cross a balancing beam. Outdoors they will also develop the skills to manage new situations, giving them the confidence to try new things.

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5. Your child will benefit from unique experiences

Learning outdoors provides unique experiences that your child won’t get indoors. At its most basic, it will help them to learn about the weather, the changing seasons and the world around them as they experience the outdoor area at different times of the year.

However, we also provide outdoor activities to help them learn more about natural world. For example, your child will help to water and look after plants in our vegetable garden, learn about the different bugs that live in our bug hotel and collect natural materials in the garden that can be used to create artwork. These beneficial experiences are unique to play outdoors.

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6. Outdoor play helps your child to develop a healthy and active lifestyle

Playing outdoors at nursery age can help your child to develop healthy habits for life as they start to understand that being active helps to keep their body healthy.

At this age, we also know that physical activity outdoors helps your child to burn off energy and this can help them to sleep, eat and live more healthily. This is also true in younger children – research shows that babies sleep better at night if they have had fresh air and sunshine during the day.

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Park Lane Nursery on Scalford Road cares for children from 6 weeks old until school age. We are the #1 rated nursery in Melton and in the top 10 in Leicestershire - as rated by local parents on leading review website We are open all year around, Monday to Friday 7.30am - 6pm.

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