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At Blue Coat we are improving our play times by embedding Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL). We believe that play is an important part of children's physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. 


So as to meet their needs, the children are given a wide variety of play options which they are free to choose. It allows the children to be creative and make their own decisions. They may wish to play with others or play alone, they may use play equipment or rely on their imagination - the choice is theirs! 


Some of the options available are:

  • den building and making mud pies 
  • crafts
  • playground toys
  • fancy dress
  • games led by staff and playground leaders
  • board games
  • a quiet area 
  • timber trail
  • chalk drawing


We also encourage the children to be out in all weathers and have invested in welly sheds and waterproof trousers to facilitate this. 


It is delightful to see how much the children enjoy play times and let their creativity shine through!


We continue to review and develop the play offer provided to the children.


For further details about OPAL please visit their website: 

Having fun in a Bath Tub!