Austurkor and Krakkakot both were set on large plots of land. This was one of the biggest surprises for me as most settings I have visited in Scotland have lots of buildings surrounding them with a small outdoor area.
They even had a fire pit! Both settings also made use of surrounding local areas. Austurkor had a great forest area near by, and considering how few trees there are in Iceland they definitely knew how lucky they were to have this within walking distance.
The walk to the forest was a great experience too with its sights along the way!
The children were able to adapt to the different terrain with ease, which I found interesting as even I was watching were I stepped on the rougher ground! This is great for their physical co-ordination and balance.
Krakkakot didn’t have a forest but they had a beach! This gave me major outdoor envy! I particularly loved this because I haven’t experienced this kind of play at my setting. It definitely did not disappoint! The children were free and highly engaged in their play. The only props the practitioners brought were buckets, which the children used to fill with water and collect beach treasures.
These settings have given me lots of ideas to take back to my setting. The main thing I’ve learned from their outdoor areas is the feeling of freedom. I am hoping that since visiting these settings I can develop my own practice and others to allow the children to have more freedom in their play, giving them the space needed to take their own learning further.