Pioneering South Hams kindergarten to open two new sites
Expansion in response to huge demand for places
Endorsement of unique outdoor educational approach
A pioneering South Hams kindergarten is to open two new sites in Yealmpton and Kingsbridge following unprecedented demand for places.
Venture Outdoor Kindergarten, which has operated from a base in Hope Cove since 2018, looks after 30 children aged 2-5 years in the open air throughout the year, whatever the weather.
Applying a blend of educational approaches first developed in Scandinavia, Venture Outdoor’s unique ethos focuses on developing a child’s independence, resilience and curiosity about the world around them, using the natural world as inspiration.
Venture Hope Cove received an ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED rating in November 2019, and now has a waiting list for places, prompting a move to open two more sites.
The first additional site to open in April 2020 will be at Kitley Farm, in Yealmpton. Venture Kitley Farm will offer funded places Monday to Friday, supervised by 4 qualified full-time staff.
The second additional site, based in the centre of Kingsbridge, will offer 15 funded places a day and is scheduled to open in the autumn term 2020. Venture Kingsbridge will offer the opportunity to explore and learn in and around the parks, community gardens, the estuary and surrounding countryside of Kingsbridge.
Commenting on the expansion, Venture Outdoor Kindergarten co-founder, Jennifer Papenfus, said:
‘Today’s learning environment for children is often too controlled, with technology stifling creativity or the opportunity for any meaningful enquiry. Venture Outdoor Kindergarten encourages children to develop and explore their own interests, empowering them to make their own decisions, to hone their social skills and to develop an appreciation for the natural world.”
‘It’s clear from the overwhelming levels of support we have had, that an increasing number of parents feel as we do, that children need the freedom in which to discover and develop their own skills and interests, free from the enervating effect of overly structured learning.’
In its inspection in November, 2019, OFSTED inspectors, said of Venture Outdoor Hope Cove:
“The quality of education is exemplary.
“Parents enthuse about their child’s experiences and report that they feel their children are ‘privileged’ and ‘fortunate’ to attend this wonderful kindergarten.
“Managers are exceptional. They have a clear vision and strong focus for the curriculum, and they know what each child can do and what they need to learn next. They follow children’s interests to ensure each child receives a rich and meaningful experience.”
Venture Kitley Farm will open on April 14th for the summer term and is accepting registrations now.
Jennifer Papenfus and Zoe Purkis
Tel. 07500 927722
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About Venture Outdoor Kindergarten
Venture Outdoor was founded by Jennifer Papenfus and Zoe Purkis. The company offers high quality outdoor early years education, which is child-led and play based. The curriculum has been developed to meet the seven areas of learning as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). There are currently five members of staff, all of whom have academic degrees and two of whom hold qualified teacher status. All staff have substantial previous experience of outdoor provision.