Welcome to Little Seeds Woodland Nursery

Renfrewshire's First Fully Outdoor Nursery.

We are based in the forest, in Linwood Community Woodland, Linwood. Every day is a new adventure in the forest and we explore all the wonders that the outdoors offers.

Our Aim

Little Seeds Woodland Nursery aims to provide a safe, inspiring outdoor learning environment for children

The nursery offers an outdoor learning and care facility for children aged 3 – 5 years. We are registered to take 30 children and at present, we aim to keep our adult to child ratio at 1:6 due to the higher likelihood of risks in the woods.

At Little Seeds Woodland Nursery we are constantly looking for ways to improve and develop our environment and we have lots of exciting projects already lined up that staff are developing including a mud kitchen, fairy garden, bug hotel, wildlife pond and vegetable garden.

 

Benefits of Outdoor Learning

There are so many positives of Outdoor Learning - at the very least it gets your child away from the TV and iPad and out in the fresh air. However, there has been a lot of research that is beginning to show other benefits including:-

  • Build confidence and self-belief
  • Building resilience
  • Explore their environment, developing essential problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Develop physical abilities and help children to stay active and healthy. 

  • Heighten self-awareness and improve emotional and social skills. 

  • Promote co-operative and group working. 

  • Encourage children to take care of themselves and others. 

  • Foster care, appreciation and respect for wildlife and wild places. 

  • Broaden knowledge and understanding of the natural world. 


 

 

 

How the Children Learn

We adopt a child-led approach encouraging children to take appropriate risks, with staff simply being facilitators to children’s learning by providing resources and offering guidance and support. We believe that children should have a sense of ownership of their nursery and encourage children to be involved in some of the decision making that affects their learning and care.

Little Seeds Woodland Nursery draws inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach by placing a huge focus on the environment. Our outdoor environment allows us to provide children with open-ended resources with endless opportunities. Staff are encouraged to use open-ended questioning during play experience to promote high-order thinking within the children.

Child-Led learning

Like every other conventional nursery, we follow the Curriculum for Excellence when planning for children’s learning and development. We encourage all learning to be child-led, using mind-maps to determine children’s interests, and observing their play cues. Staff are responsive in their planning and are open to changing their plans to suit the needs and interests of the children.

Staff are familiar with the curriculum and will find fun and innovative ways to incorporate the required learning into enjoyable learning experiences inspired by the children. The staff will offer a wide variety of experiences that are cross-curricular and will record and track learning regularly.

Some of the activities we may explore with the children are : -

 

Shelter building Fire lighting 
 Yoga

Exploring the forest Climbing Trees Mud Kitchen

Bug Hotels. Growing vegetables Tool use 


Den building Studying wildlife 
 Sensory activities 


Playing team and group games . Tracking games 


Cooking on an open fire 
 Using a Kelly Kettle

Rope and string work Outdoor Art and sculpture work 


Woodland and traditional craft 


Developing stories and drama, and meeting imaginary characters 


Physical movement activities 


The list is endless, and we also recognise and are excited by the fact that the children will develop new and wonderful activities that we haven’t even thought of yet.

Structure of the Day

We currently offer morning sessions, afternoon sessions and full days.

  • Morning Session – 8.30am to 12.00pm
  • Afternoon Session – 1.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Full Day – 8.30am to 4.30pm

All our sessions are FREE until August 2019, all we will look for is a donation.

There are many benefits of an outdoor nursery include physical development, social and emotional development, allowing children to connect with nature and giving children life skills such as risk assessing and problem-solving.

 

There are so many things to do outside. All of our learning will be play based and child led. We will build on what the children enjoy and record this, linking all play with the Curriculum for Excellence. We have a computer system that enables us to upload the children’s learning immediately providing instant records of what they are doing and how it is contributing to their overall development.

Getting your child started

If you would like to send your child to the Nursery then please click on the links below.


 

 

See below to see our adventures so far ...

Where flowers bloom, so does hope.

fun fun fun

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