BOSCA promotes free play, this means as far as possible children choose their own play environment, playmates and play equipment. Staff are trained to enable this play type as well as offer assistance and guidance to allow your child to socialise with confidence in them self and consideration for others. BOSCA has a large selection of toys, games and books that have been chosen by the children and are regularly reviewed and renewed. The ‘bungalow’ provides an ideal space for play and relaxation either alone, with a best friend or in a group. Children can choose from daily activities offered by the staff in the hall that include games, badminton, dance, music, arts and crafts and baking. The highlight of our year is our annual pantomime that every child has the opportunity to play a part.
BOSCA actively encourages children to play outdoors making use of the grass, trees, bushes, puddles, sticks, stones and anything else we can find. We play out in the wind, snow and rain and occasionally the sun. We also have bats, balls , rollerblades, skooter boards, swingball and lots of other outdoor equipment including tents, mud kitchen and fire bowl. BOSCA staff carry out a risk benefit assessment for all activities and support the children to assess their own risk. BOSCA kids also have the opportunity to take part in organised activities and outings.
The benefits of outdoor play are really very basic, If children aren’t allowed to engage with the elements – mud, water, air, even fire – how can they begin to understand the world that they live in?