Have a look in to YOOZ. They are based in Bellshill, just behind Aldi. Holytown nursery purchased great plastic tubes and wonderful large boulders for their outdoor area at very reasonable prices.

Contact them at;

YOOZ Reuse and Recycling Project
Unthank Rd
Bellshill ML4 1DD

Outdoor Food Preparation

Following our Outdoor Food Hygiene course earlier this year we can now share the advice given. Click here to access the guidance given by the trainer on the day.

Outdoor Food Hygiene Top Tips.doc

Craft Work and Activity Organisers

Craft work and outdoor event suppliers

Click the above link to access a list of some helpful people, willow weavers etc.

Solution to Outdoor Hand Washing

Follow this link to the ideal solution to handwashing outdoors, particularly in woodland sites. The Tippy Tap site gives information on the background and the instructions for building your own Tippy Tap. All you need is a big plastic bottle with a handle, a nail and hammer to make some holes near the spout, some string or rope and a structure to hang your bottle from….easy!

Tools, Ladders and Learning at Richard Stewart Nursery

While engaged with these tools and ladders our children were learning to explore different materials through creative play (SCN 0-15a) and share their reasoning for selecting materials for different purposes.

Children as young as two years, working alongside older children, learned through exploring and experimention with a range of tools and materials. Children brought prior knoweldge to the experience(s) with some demonstrating how to use tools such as screwdrivers. Some children were predicting and evaluating what materials stuck together their reasoning although others were just keen to experiment with the hammer and nails.
Whilst using the water to paint children also were learning about exploring different materials for example using sponges, brushes etc to paint with water.
As well as planned learning children also made calculated risk assessments and developed their awareness of safety as they talked about using goggles, using tools safely and appropriate ratios for the woodwork bench and ladders.
The children dicussed “steadying” the ladders and ensuring they were on a flat surface. They also offered good support to their peers and co-operated well. Their ability to problem solve was developed as was their creativity.
The tools and tool belts are available from TTS and the ladders from Cosy.

Our NLC Early Years Outdoor Champions

This is the list of all our Outdoor CHampions in North Lanrkshire. They have all agreed and are eager to share their practice and support their colleagues in developing outdoor play and learning.You can make contact and visit them for discussions and advice and to view their outdor areas.
Dunbeth Nursery Centre-Coatbridge
Our Lady and St Joseph’s Nursery Class- Glenboig
Cumbernauld College Nursery
St Timothy`s Nursery Class-Coatbridge
New Monkland Nursery Class-Glenmavis
Shotts Nursery Centre
Cambusnethan Nursery Class
Firtrees Nursery-Motherwell
Papillon Nursery-Eurocentral
Coatbridge College Nursery
Little Treasures Nursery-Cumbernauld
Richard Stewart Nursery Centre-Airdrie
Glencairn Nursery Class-Motherwell
Step by Step Nursery-Cumbernauld
Holytown Nursery Class
Clydeview Nursery Class-Motherwell

Wonderful Willow at Clydeview

Clydeview nursery have some wonderful willow structures which they are eager to share with their colleagues. They have a tunnel and some giant willow `people`. The company who installed the features is found at the address below. Ask for Geoff.
The nursery is delighted that all the work only cost under £700. Contact Maria Neill or Julie Glavin at the nursery, they are happy to host visits to their great garden.

Clydeview at Scottish Natural Heritage Conference

Maria and Julie from Clydeview nursery received great feedback from their recent presentation at the SNH national conference for teacher trainers. The nursery shared their experience of Teaching in Nature at Barons Haugh in Motherwell. They described the way that the experience benefitted both staff and children and supported their ongoing development of outdoor learning.Clydeview are leading the way in North Lanarkshire for all of our ASN settings.


Please let us know about all your good practice in outdoor learning and play!
All you need to do is send some text describing your activities and some photos or illustrations about them.You may want to send some extacts from a floor book as well as photos.
Remember to send the photos as a separate attachment. we are aslo eager to hear about organisations or websites that can help us develop outdoor learning and play.

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outdoor champs listMany of you will have benefitted from the support which can be offered from our early years outdoor champions. They all form our CFE Early Years Outdoor Learning Network and are available to offer support and guidance about outdoor learning. Several of the staff have now delivered training.
Look at the list and make contact if you need practical advice or would like to visit.

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