In our setting we are very happy for the children to engage in muddy, messy, watery play outside and reap the benefits of this type of learning. However we are struggling to come up with a system for preserving uniforms, getting clean up and changed independently and getting parents on board with it (I think if we came up with a system, the parents might be more understanding) We do not always have free-flow from outdoors to indoors due to low numbers of staff and there are periods of the day when all the children are outside at the same time (for example the hour after lunch). The children at our school wear uniforms but are asked to bring in old clothes (t-shirts, shorts, leggings...) and spare underwear. We ask the children to put on wellies or go bare feet to play in the mud or water. All the spares etc are stored in the classroom. So the issues we are encountering are many. For the children who do remember to change, it takes time and an adult has to bring them inside. It also takes away the spontaneity of their play. For those who do not remember to change they are soaking their uniforms and being sent home in spare clothes and parents are getting a bit annoyed at constantly washing. Those children who get wet and muddy then need to get cleaned up and changed at the start of the afternoon session which we like to use as a discussion and reflection time. Since it is generally the same children they are frequently missing these group times and it also takes an adult away to assist them. Also the outdoor area leads straight into the classroom so they are trailing in mud sand and water behind them. (I am by no means a neat freak but it can be a little unsafe and some colleagues are tearing out their hair at the mess). Has anyone got any solutions for how they manage the clothing issues surrounding outdoor messy play. Do you restrict it to certain days? Or rotate the children? Or found a system for one member of staff to manage it at a time, including the changing? How independent are the children in managing their own clothing changes? I know that every setting is different, so it's hard to advise on. I really want the children to have this kind of experience but its creating some friction amongst parents. Any ideas would be most welcome.