Summerlings Outdoor Nursery

Nature is the Best Classroom at New Outdoor Nursery A unique new outdoor nursery is opening in Glen Strathfarrar. Children will spend the majority of every day outdoors exploring, playing and learning. They will help around the croft, follow the seasons, and spend time squelching in the bog. Summerlings Outdoor Nursery will allow children to play safely and freely in a beautiful environment with lots of opportunities for their development. Experienced staff have the skills and experience to turn the landscape into an excellent outdoor classroom for children at the nursery.

Summerlings Outdoor Nursery is opening as part of The Shieling Project. The nursery will cater for 3-5 year olds. The Shieling Project and Summerlings Outdoor Nursery are based in Struy, Inverness-shire. The Nursery will be opening October 25th 2017 term time, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, sessions will run 9am-3pm. Enrolment is currently taking place, parents can opt to send their child to the new nursery for up to three days as part of their childcare entitlement.

The new Nursery manager, Karen Marshall, has come from a background in science education. Karen is deeply invested in the area and knows about the power of educational experiences in the outdoors. She says, “I have seen the impact the outdoors can have on the imagination, curiosity and resilience of children, and how vital this is in the early years. The positive impact of learning through nature can last a lifetime and we have all heard about the need to combat ‘nature deficit disorder’. By offering this opportunity to local families I hope we can help young people reach their full potential.”

The Shieling Project is a social enterprise which works with children from 3 to 18 and offers adult volunteering too. Founder, Dr Sam Harrison has been running the Shieling Project since 2013 said “The Shieling Project cares about building strong, resilient communities. The project has worked with many people in the area through school visits and summer camps as well as offering training courses for teachers. I hope we can help young people to grow up loving the place they live in. The nursery is an exciting development to what we already offer here.”

Soirbheas, the community charity for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass will part fund a place for an apprentice to be part of the Summerlings staff team. Vacancies also exist for a qualified Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner. For more information regarding Summerlings Outdoor Nursery or The Shieling Project including volunteering and job opportunities see the website, www.theshielingproject.org and/or find The Shieling Project on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.

The nursery manager can be contacted directly by e-mail for further information. Karen@theshielingproject.org or on 07857889081