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Our Nature Kindergartens provide an enriched outdoor learning environment where your child can develop their interests whilst being fully immersed in nature. We have seven wonderful education settings across Scotland and North England where you can be confident your child is being cared for by a highly trained, long standing team.
In each of our Kindergartens you will find nature around every corner, teaching children about the wonders of the natural world is at the heart of what we do! Whether it is blowing dandelions in spring, collecting shells from the beach in summer, crunching through leaves in autumn or discovering an icicle in winter – we love the outdoors! At each of our Kindergartens you’ll find an extensive outdoor area equip with all the learning opportunities to support every area of your child’s holistic development.
You’ll love our Nature Kindergartens
Each of our Kindergartens has an extensive outdoor area for your child to explore. Comprised of several very exciting spaces that promote children’s natural desire to explore, investigate and take risks under the supervision of skilful practitioners and forest leaders.
All of our Kindergartens are registered ECO-Nurseries and are committed to teaching our children about their environment and the effect we have on it in our day-to-day lives.
Our curriculum includes a statutory framework for the early years foundation stage that offer hands-on approaches to encourage the skills your child will need in the nursery and beyond:
We offer a range of flexible booking patterns and funding options, including 2-5 years old government’s funded childcare. To find out more information on pricing and availability, please request a call back and we will be in touch shortly.
Our fees include:
*Terms and conditions apply to our funding options and discounts. Contact us for more information.
Our nurseries offer a wide range of nursery activities and extras to enrich every child’s experience at nursery and to support busy parents.
As part of our curriculum, we are committed to ensuring children are physically active for a minimum of 3 hours per day. Physical Development Champions at each nursery are passionate about physical development and create and design specific activities based around movement, raising the heartbeat and exercising the cardiovascular system.
Our nursery encourages children to celebrate festivals throughout the year. This is one of the best ways for children to learn about different religions and cultures by celebrating various world religious festivals, food tasting from different countries and dressing up in the national dress of their friends.
We provide children with opportunities to explore the use of real tools and natural materials under our supervision. Risky play encourages the development of excellent motor skills, communication, concentration and co-ordination and gives our children enormous scope to engage with their surroundings.
We believe that reading should be lots of fun, so we run a mini-library service to encourage children to share their favourite stories with their parents, and to help busy parents keep the bookshelf engaging at home! Our nurseries organise regular library visits as part of the learning process.
Thrive Childcare and Education understands the importance of promoting language and communication. Through our Every Child’s A Talker (ETAC) language programme, we seek to identify speech and language difficulties with an aim to providing detailed, age-appropriate language sessions in each of our nursery rooms. Babies and Toddlers have lots of fun at our Sing and Sign.
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers our children opportunities to develop their self-confidence through hands-on learning experiences in our woodland gardens and outdoor classrooms.
Our nurseries provide an extensive range of resources to encourage children to learn through play. We favour naturalistic learning resources and make fantastic use of our outdoor equipment, promoting free-flow and child-led learning.
Eco Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and is designed to encourage action on sustainable development issues. Our children love getting involved in their Eco Schools projects and learning about how to help protect the environment.
Taking part in fundraising activities helps children to learn about others that are less fortunate than themselves and to understand how we can help them. Fundraising events are good fun and are a great way to bring children, families and communities together. Some of the fundraisers we have taken part in are: sponsored toddles, superhero days, baking cakes to sell and garden parties.
We celebrate the big move to primary school with a special graduation ceremony each year – caps, gowns, the works!
We encourage Heuristic Play with our 1–2-year-olds, embracing every child’s natural curiosity. Heuristic play involves offering children a range of different objects and receptacles with which they are encouraged to play freely without adult instruction.
We make use of our wonderful outdoor spaces and forest areas by encouraging children at our nurseries to plant, grow and tend to fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs throughout the year.
Our nurseries offer free settling-in sessions. Parents can bring their child for a couple of hours first, gradually introducing the child to a new environment. Settling-in sessions are aimed at helping your child to adapt to their new surroundings and become more familiar with the staff and other children.
Our E-Learning journals and Parent Zone app allow you to see your child’s activities at nursery with the click of a button. Staff upload images and notes about your child’s participation in activities at nursery for you to access wherever you are. Our nursery tablets offer exciting and stimulating learning experiences tailored to challenge and engage little ones.
Just another way we aim to make life run a little smoother for our families – many of our nurseries offer delivery acceptance. You can have deliveries/parcels/post sent to your nursery and collect anything when you come to the nursery for pick-up!
Daily Mile is physical activity and health and well-being in a social, outdoors context. It is not active play, physical education or outdoor learning, although participating in The Daily Mile can encourage curiosity and interest in outdoor environments in keeping with wider outdoor learning opportunities. The main goal is to increase daily activity.
Wherever we can we encourage children to partake in preparing their meals at nursery. We love to see children take pride in their culinary creations and enjoy healthy and delicious food.
With a reputation for providing high-quality childcare since 1989, our nursery commits to creating a home away from home atmosphere for children and parents to feel comfortable and confident in our setting. This is reflected in our previous Ofsted inspections with both our nursery and Holiday Club rated as Outstanding.
We provide childcare for children from 0 to 5 years. With our lovingly restored and re-designed interior providing bright, airy spaces for play and learning as well as our fantastic outdoor space for all ages, we can offer families a secure and stimulating setting where children can thrive.
The Mere Nature Kindergarten has been a well-established and trusted nursery on one of the busiest commuter routes in Cheshire. It is perfectly located for parents living locally or travelling to or from Manchester via the A556 or to Warrington via the A50.
Kirkintilloch Nature Kindergarten is a well-established and trusted nursery within the Kirkintilloch community. We are proud to have a reputation for providing high quality childcare.
Musselburgh Nature Kindergarten is situated on the Esk Riverbank of Musselburgh. Our nursery is beautifully designed and finished to an exceptionally high standard creating a warm and homely atmosphere.
Our Nature Kindergarten is situated in the fabulous Media City UK development within Salford Quays, it is beautifully designed and finished to an exceptionally high standard. Our large forest garden provides plentiful opportunities to explore, and our Nature Kindergarten leaders are on hand to provide lots of wonderful outdoor adventures.
Dundee Nature Kindergarten is a well-established and trusted nursery situated in the middle in Dundee’s Technology Park. We provide childcare for children from birth to 5 years of age to learn, play and develop
Dunblane Nature Kindergarten is situated in the beautiful town of Dunblane beside Laighills Park. Our nursery is beautifully designed and finished to an exceptionally high standard, creating a warm and homely atmosphere.
Astley Nature Kindergarten is an all-inclusive education setting and Out of School Care Club situated just beyond Black Moor Village. We provide quality childcare for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age, and also offer out-of-school care for children aged 4-11 years old.
We will guide you through every step to get the most out of our nurseries. Join our family across the UK.
If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to contact us on the following details provided below or alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form also located below and we will get back to you as soon as possible…
Located across Scotland. Everything is included; from delicious, nutritionally balanced meals to nappies and wipes – we have everything covered.
Located throughout the North-West of England, providing excellence in childcare and early education for children aged from birth to 11 years.
Located across Scotland. We pride ourselves in providing excellence in childcare and early education for children aged from birth to 11 years.
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