Hi Next year (well next week, that's scary!) I have a reception class of 16 children. I have a TA in the mornings, but the afternoons is just me! I was wondering about access to the outside area - we have a very small gated covered area just outside my classroom which I would ideally run as free flow access, and a larger area of playground which is not secure (so adult supervision would be a must). I'm used to having 3 TA's (spoilt I know!) so to go from a large team to just me in the afternoons is going to be a big shock! Can I still have free access to the gated outside area in the afternoon if I am inside with a group? My thoughts were not during the first few weeks while I judge whether the children are sensible enough to be trusted with sand, water etc unsupervised... It would be such a shame not to be able to use the space for half the day I can only safely have about 6 children outside (very small space!!) and don't have a very good view of it from the classroom. Any opinions/advice would be much appreciated.