Anyone hearing about outdoor nurseries for the first time would be forgiven for questioning why open one in Scotland? It’s cold, wet, windy and dreich, and that’s just between 8am and 9am! Spain, fair enough, the Caribbean, sure, but Scotland? Well the reality is we actually have quite a temperate climate, it might deviate a little but on the whole it’s pretty predictable and benign. The current outdoor nursery model, or Nature Kindergarten, actually originates form the nordic countries who share a very similar climate to ours, if not slightly colder in the winter and they manage…
However, during our more extreme weather conditions there’s an absolutely justified concern from parents; whether it’s ok to have children outdoors all day? As a parent your natural instinct is to keep your child sheltered and protected from the elements, we think they won’t be able to cope for long periods outside so the thought of all day in the woods, in freezing temperatures, seems a bit counter-intuitive. As parents ourselves we share this instinct. Our own children, who love being outside, will wilt in the freezing conditions if they are left just standing around just like any other.
So, there are some important factors we’d like to share to reassure you and hopefully ease those concerns…
It’s an absolutely legitimate concern to be worried about the impacts of extreme cold, wet and windy conditions and one that we as professionals, and parents ourselves, take very seriously. There are things we need to make happen in order to ensure the children stay cozy and happy. We do however, whole-heartedly believe that the benefits of having the children outdoors, experiencing and learning from their natural environment, far outweighs the efforts required to keep them happy and protected from the harsher winter conditions.
If you have any questions about our approach and how we intend to manage in the winter months please browse our website and feel free to get in touch via our Contact Us page. Alternatively you can message us directly at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fossoplayoutdoornursery/