SEN & Outdoor Learning at MOE Education
We work very hard to ensure the resources we create are properly fit for purpose.
MOE sourced Early Years and Educational products are ambitious and exciting in their design and execution. While we take no bigger satisfaction than putting smiles on the faces of children, we also take great pride in the fact that we understand the full context in which these designs will be used by children.
We ensure each sourced product is educational and we endeavour that every design links into the national curriculum, outdoor education and all the current educational initiatives.
We believe each product should be inclusive and is geared towards all children, regardless of their academic achievement levels, social difficulties or physical disability.
Here at MOE, we believe that play is an important part of a child’s early development. Playing helps young children’s brains to develop and for their language and communication skills to mature.
Simple games of peek-a-boo, shaking a rattle or singing a song are much more important than just a way to pass the time. They teach young children about communication, develop their motor skills and help with problem-solving. Something as easy as stacking and knocking over blocks allows toddlers to discover maths and science concepts, including shapes, gravity, balance and counting.
These early childhood activities are vital to laying the foundations for formal education. In most cases learning starts with parents or carers engaging with, playing with and responding to the child.
As of September 2008, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has come into force, aimed at ensuring parents of all children under Reception class age be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning. The EYFS is based on principles of inclusion, which means that early years providers' oppose discrimination and prejudice and welcome all families and children.
The first years of life shape a child’s future into adulthood. This is when the most significant brain development happens, particularly in the first two years of life. Lack of play and communication, known as "under-stimulation", can have long-term negative consequences on a child’s learning and physical and mental health.
Roughly 80% of brain development is completed by age three and 90 % by age five. This means a child cannot wait for primary school for learning to begin.
It’s important to recognise the crucial role that play has in early childhood development. Anyone who spends any amount of time with young children understands that providing them with opportunities for play provides so much more than a few minutes or hours of ‘fun’. Play also allows children to relax, let off steam, develop social skills such as concentration and co-operation, encourages the development of the imagination, develops motor skills and teaches self-expression.
The Benefits of Taking EYFS outside
Encouraging young children to explore outdoor play is extremely beneficial and necessary for their development. Outdoor play helps them to learn lots about the ever-changing environment and gives them the opportunity to use their whole body and develop their gross motor skills. It can meet their multi-sensory needs and can give them a love for the outdoors. Whether it is messy play, creative or role play, it is an essential part of learning.
When educators take learning outdoors they report some powerful impacts:
Sensory integration activities and play equipment can be brilliant relaxation tools for children with all sorts of complex needs, including autism and developmental delays. Our expertly selected resources are easily adapted to include SEN and allow for a vast range of engagement therapies.