Now there’s even more fun at playtime!

Ahoy! The staff at Buckets and Spades Nursery launch their new pirate ship on their newly built outdoor play area extension. Pictured, front, Carly Macdonald, manager, with her crew Danielle Alves(left), Sue Newton, Charlotte Rank, Lisa Chesterfield, Amanda Gough, amd David Bevan.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112235a    02/06/11
Ahoy! The staff at Buckets and Spades Nursery launch their new pirate ship on their newly built outdoor play area extension. Pictured, front, Carly Macdonald, manager, with her crew Danielle Alves(left), Sue Newton, Charlotte Rank, Lisa Chesterfield, Amanda Gough, amd David Bevan. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112235a 02/06/11

A SCARBOROUGH nursery has a brand new outdoor play area thanks to a £20,000 grant from North Yorkshire County Council.

Buckets and Spades in Victoria Road was given the funding from North Yorkshire’s Early Years and Childcare Service as part of a £2.2 million initiative to support private, voluntary, and independent settings in making improvements to their outdoor play provision.

Ahoy! The staff at Buckets and Spades Nursery launch their new pirate ship on their newly built outdoor play area extension, pictured.Picture by Andrew Higgins  112235d    02/06/11

Ahoy! The staff at Buckets and Spades Nursery launch their new pirate ship on their newly built outdoor play area extension, pictured.Picture by Andrew Higgins 112235d 02/06/11

The nursery now has an extensive play area built on top of an extension above the car park.

Nursery manager Carly MacDonald said: “Children nowadays do not get to play outdoors as much as they should and can seriously be disadvantaged if they don’t get the opportunity to.

“The outdoors offers experiences that you can not provide indoors, such as the natural environment, the weather, space and activities like gardening and digging in the soil.

“Research has shown that these experiences are vital for children in developing their social, physical and mental activities.”

As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for under fives, children are being expected to play and learn outdoors for least 50 per cent of their time whilst in nursery.

Mrs MacDonald added: “The area is absolutely fantastic - it looks amazing. It’s so much better compared to what we had before.

“The children love it - we can’t get them back inside!”