Karen Thomson, Senior Early Years Offcier, Falkirk Council Curriculum Supoprt Team has been supporting Glenbervie Kindergarden who are the latest private partner nursery to start using NHS Larbert Woods on a regular basis. Following a parent session on 14th August children aged 3 and 4 are now accessing the site weekly. The children walk from the nursery and stay on site for approximately 2 hours before begnning their walk home. Staff were amazed how well the children have managed this and noticed an increase in their stamina and energy even at the end of a busy session.
During the session on 21st August the children explored the environment and found some very interesting features to play – especially a large puddle.
The staff are also listening to the children’s interestes and some of the children found a hole which they believed to be a fox hole. A conversation about other nocturnal animals then evolved with all children taking part – this is now something that the nursery can take forward as a topic and be able to make it relevant for the children because of their visit to the woods.
All children had great fun – although I am sure the washing machine might have been pushed to the limits!