Loose Parts Play

“All the things that satisfy one’s curiosity and give us the pleasure that results from discovery and invention”
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Liberty Kids embeds ‘Loose Parts Play’ as central approach throughout the nursery and Forest School. We create enriched environments for the children, allowing them to do what they need to do, to follow their interests and go where their curiosity takes them.

The nursery and Forest School environments are full of loose parts that lend themselves to a blurring of distinctions between learning and playing, allowing the children to experiment, enjoy and find things out for themselves!

The term ‘loose parts’ came into widespread use after the publication of Simon Nicholson’s article The Theory of Loose Parts: How NOT to Cheat Children. Nicholson proposed that there was no evidence to suggest that some of us are born creative and inventive and some of us not. Instead he recognised children’s need to make and build things, play with fluids, water, fire or living objects, and “all the things that satisfy one’s curiosity and give us the pleasure that results from discovery and invention.”

Liberty Kids practitioners, facilitate and supporting loose parts play with great sensitivity, recognising the children’s ‘play process’ and resisting the urge to step in too soon or too frequently. We support the children to love to play, experiment, discover, invent and have great fun in their own individual way!

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