Being located within a famous London area certainly comes with its perks and staff and children at a particular Bright Horizons nursery are taking full advantage.
Canary Wharf is London’s business and financial district. The skyline is scattered with many impressive examples of architecture and design and it’s home to some of the world’s largest, thought-leading organisations, including Citibank, Barclays, Credit Suisse and HSBC.
Take a stroll down Bank Street on Canary Wharf and chances are you will come across many city workers and professionals hard at work. However, you might also be surprised to find another group who are equally hard at work – learning, growing and most of all having lots of fun.
Bright Horizons Bank Street Day Nursery and Preschool is located in the heart of Canary Wharf. Recognising the exciting environment around them, the nursery team incorporate at least one outdoor activity on the Wharf for the children on a daily basis – giving children the opportunity to explore their surrounding whilst taking part in an outdoor physical activity.
On one of my recent visits to the nursery, back on a sunny summer’s day in mid-July, the children took part in an outdoor exercise session led by team member Fahima Miah. The children were star jumping and marching, among other things, in front of the waterfront and spectacular corporate building backdrop that Canary Wharf portrays.
At the time, Deputy Nursery Manager Nichola Griffin explained that they place great emphasis on ensuring the children learn outside and explore the environment at least once a day. The outdoor activities are often tied in with Bright Horizons’ Active Athletes enhancement, which creates opportunities for the children to be regularly active throughout the course of the day.
“The children and nursery team have been taking part in outdoor activities every day throughout the Wharf. The children thoroughly enjoy exploring their surroundings and learning more about where many of their families work too,” said Griffin.
Recent outings have included a venture to the nearby rooftop gallery which saw the children take part in a bug hunt, as well as heading to a nearby play space which allows the children to run around and exercise proactively.
Outdoor play and learning is vital for children’s development and the NHS recommends that children are physically active for three hours each day. Learning outside is something we are very passionate about at Bright Horizons and Bank Street is a fantastic example of how outdoor activities can bring learning to life and support children to grow and develop.
Ross Armour, Public Relations Executive, Bright Horizons