It’s Very Good to be in Badgers Wood
Tue 10 Oct 2017
Following a recent unannounced visit from the Care Inspectorate to our Outdoor Nursery site in Elgin, we are delighted to share that our nature-based and child–led learning approach has gained significant recognition. The inspection report published very recently. It noted:
Children were being given inspiring opportunities to grow and develop, be adventurous, build their resilience and be active, independent and innovative in their play and learning.
The four quality themes inspected - Care and Support, Environment, Management and Leadership, Staffing – received grades of Very Good or higher, with the Environment theme receiving the highest grade of Excellent.
The report went on to highlight the nursery’s welcoming environment and warm atmosphere, as:
Staff continued to provide a safe, fun, enabling and nurturing environment for children outdoors, giving them the time and space to develop their ideas and use their imagination and ingenuity to create a dynamic environment where they could explore, discover, experiment with and enjoy making their own.
We are extremely proud of this result which follows a year of dedication, hard work, learning and enjoyment from all of the team at our Elgin nursery with continued support from colleagues across the other Stramash sites and its Board.
Board Member, Rachel Cowper of Inspiring Scotland said:
I warmly welcome this excellent report from the Care Inspectorate and I congratulate the team in Elgin for the quality of the outdoor play-based learning that they offer the children attending Badgers Wood.
The view of our children and their parents/carers is, of course, central to the life of the nursery with one parent commenting:
My child loves Stramash….. it is an amazing opportunity to be given for our children to experience nature and their natural environment safely and with the freedom to explore and develop
This result builds upon the growing evidence of the benefits of outdoor learning. Stramash children grow and develop with the seasons, discovering and learning in real life and as a response to the natural environment.
Maggie Tierney, CEO, Stramash Social Enterprise
Alastair Davidson, Team Leader, Elgin