Building the yurt
The 2020 pandemic really struck home the benefit of children spending much of their time outside. When the bubbles became too busy and with community case risings soaring, the Directors looked to try to expand the space at the setting and the idea of an outdoor classroom was borne. With two derelict stables on site, it was decided to offer these to a good home and build a useful outdoor classroom…. but what building design was best? With sustainability at the heart of the company’s decision making and keen to make the new classroom fun to be in, the Directors started to explore the idea of a Yurt. Made in the UK from sustainably sourced Beech wood, the building is truly exciting for the children to be in. It has an amazing ambience and with the doors (or sides) open in good weather the children can easily free-flow indoors and out all day.
At the moment it is being used as a preschool classroom for our rising 5’s.
Adding the finishing touches
The yurt consists of a self contained toilet and bathroom area, cloakroom for the childrens coats and bags as well as a well stocked arts and crafts area and construction area. A cosy corner is soon to be implemented in time for Autumn.
As you can see from the photos, a woodburner provides warmth to the yurt. It gives a cosy, homely environment for the children to learn and develop in. All practitioners in the yurt have been fully trained how to use the woodburner and it has been risk assessed to ensure safety.
A yurt provides a range of benefits compared to an indoor ‘classroom’. As it is outside in the first place, it allows children easier independent access to the garden, offering more outdoor learning opportunities. The sides and roof are also removable allowing full access to the elements.
Where it is now
The children have adapted well to the change and staff have taken great pride in looking after the yurt. Staff and children are enjoying the new environment
The children love the yurt, they are enjoying the new resources and particularly like the colder days where they have the opportunity to watch the woodburner being lit.
We have had wonderful reviews from parents as well! One parent has kindly offered to create a woodwork door sign to display on our yurt and all parents looking around the setting are impressed with it. We’re very proud to show it off!