Earthtime have been delivering interactive, outdoor nature-based sessions to children across Moray aged 1 to 8 for the last five years. We are excited to be able to extend our activities and expertise to provide sessions at our outdoor nursery.
Earthtime will provide a safe, secure outdoor environment where the children will be free to explore, play and investigate supported by experienced and enthusiastic practitioners.
Exploring the natural environment out- doors from our site at Duffus Estate, we will aim to be outdoors 85% of the time with our indoor space allowing for shelter and warmth on days when the weather is not so kind!
|2 – 3 group
|Monday – Friday
9.30am – 12noon
|Morning 3 – 5 Nursery Funded Session
|Monday – Friday
8.30am – 11.40am
|Afternoon 3 – 5 Nursery Funded Session
|Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
12.20pm – 3.30pm
|Private nursery session
|Available during normal nursery times|
11.40am – 12.20pm
* The lunchtime link is a supervised lunch break available on Wednesdays. It enables your child to stay from 8.30am until 3.30pm at our nursery, as it links the morning and afternoon nursery sessions. You will need to provide a packed lunch for your child. For now, this is not available for the 2-3 group. Please get in touch if you would like to know more!
You can use your allocation of 5 funded nursery sessions in more than one nursery, e.g. come to Earthtime 3 days a week and go to another nursery for the other 2 days. You can also complement your funded sessions with private sessions to extend your child’s day with us, having fun in the outdoors.
Earthtime’s aim is to provide a place of welcome for all families at our outdoor nursery. A safe environment where children can play and learn through an understanding and connection with nature, all the while encouraging the child’s adventurous spirit. At our nursery children will be cherished and nurtured so that they can develop the self-belief and confidence that will enable them to reach their potential in whichever direction they wish their lives to go.
Forest School Principles
Earthtime’s outdoor nursery follows the Forest School principle. This involves the children being in an outdoor environment to develop a range of skills. Practitioners build a different relationship with the children because it’s much more child-led. When they discover something, or realise they can do something, it’s that complete WOW moment.
Cooking on a wood fire and using tools are incorporated in the sessions, giving the children confidence in their own abilities and the opportunity to develop strong cooperation skills. The Forest School ethos teaches respect for all and promotes the child’s right to play. Learning in a woodland also provides a multi-sensory environment, providing a magical experience for all.
Spending time in the outdoors naturally covers many targets of the Curriculum and supports child-led learning and risk taking. The possibilities for learning and developing emotional intelligence and fun are endless.
Earthtime are dedicated to ensuring each child’s needs and interests are met and will incorporate these into their planning of fun-filled days and engaging activities. Therefore, we have built a staff team who believes in our children and ethos.
We opened our nursery in January 2016, and less than six months later we have established ourselves at Duffus Estate Duffus Village Hall, met lots of wonderful families and children and created these amazing memories! Watch our video on Facebook!
A big thank you to our nursery staff team, volunteers and everyone for their support!
Looking forward to August 2016!
For more information, please get in touch!
email@example.com or call 01343 541335