Although working with an outdoor play schedule was born out of necessity, it does offer some advantages. For example, working with an outdoor play schedule provides guidance and structure for both teachers and children. There is a clear daily rhythm whereby children of the same age are played outside in (horizontal) groups. This allows us to tailor the activities to the different age groups. At Villa Valentijn Den Haag, for example, we do a lot of activities that are specifically aimed at the developmental phase of the child and that we continue when playing outside. Specific outdoor activities are also organized for the toddler group from 3 to 4 years, so that the connection with primary education can run more smoothly.
In addition, a well-thought-out outdoor play schedule can contribute to the safety and sense of security of the children. By going outside in age groups, the older children do not have to take the safety of the smaller children into account when they play. This allows them to play freely. A small outdoor play area for the youngest children can also be very suitable. Especially for the baby and toddler groups, a smaller outdoor space offers more overview and (therefore) a feeling of safety and security.