Some things we don’t do:
We don’t … Plug children in. There are no electronic devices on our weeks.
We don’t ever … Laugh at their imagination or interests.
We don’t … Fill their days with too much imposed activity. Each week’s programme is different – and there’s been over 500 of them! – because every group of children is different. Every timetable is flexible to take account of the groups needs.
We don’t … Think we don’t need to provide boundaries. Children feel safer exploring and playing freely when they feel there are limits.
We don’t … Let fear prevent us from saying yes to things. We do climb trees.
We don’t … Go along with our culture’s message to children that they should try to be “cool” and try to fit in. We encourage children to enjoy play and explore the limits of their imagination.
We don’t … Simply say we can’t do an activity if we don’t have what we need. If we don’t have a bowling alley, but think we need one, we’ll make one!
We don’t … Give them activities that can’t be replicated at home. We show children 67 new things they can do with paper and pens, empty cornflakes packets or a football, and they can take this home.
We don’t … Insist that furniture and rooms be confined to their original uses. Dormitories looks better when they’ve been turned into Princess’ Castle or a Pirate Ship.