£50 off your 1st Month’s fees!

We’ve extended our special offer of £50 off your first month’s fees at Dunblane Nature Kindergarten – sign up before 31st May 2017 to make the most of this deal! Give us a call on 01786 821 950 to find out more!

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Options to Pay Your Nursery Fees

As we have introduced alternative ways for parents to pay fees, we have seen a decline in the use of the payment Hotline, such that we will cease this method of collection from 31st October 2016. We will continue to accept all other methods of payment including; Childcare Vouchers, Direct debit, Bank Transfer, Cheque, Online Payments and in person, by Card, within the nursery. The alternative methods of collecting payments available will ensure that we continue to provide secure and flexible options to parents, 24 hours a day, if required.

If you have any queries regarding your invoice or any questions relating to your fees, please speak to your Nursery Manager who will be happy to clarify. When calling the nursery select option 1 to go straight through to your Manager.

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Winter Newsletter 2016 – Dunblane Nature Kindergarten

Take a read of our Winter Nursery Newsletter below!

A belated welcome back at the start of 2016 – on behalf of the whole team I want to wish all our families a happy new year and I hope it is a special one.

Download a PDF version here!

Dunblane Nature Kindergarten Nursery Newsletter

Dunblane Nature Kindergarten Nursery Newsletter

Dunblane Nature Kindergarten Nursery Newsletter

Dunblane Nature Kindergarten Nursery Newsletter

Holidays activity program: 8th-12th February 2016

Below is a sample of what is on offer for our holiday program. Some activities may run longer or even shorter than timetabled, this being due to the fascinations and levels of engagement of our children. As this holiday camp is based upon the philosophy of child-led experiences, children will engage regularly in discussions in relation to what they would like to engage in from day to day, with the guidance of staff to offer children what possibilities are on offer at D.N.K. through the reflection of our holiday camp floor books. Trips are on fixed days due to the requirement to organise staffing and transport.

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Dunblane Nature Kindergarten Australia Visit!

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When a group of early years professionals from Australia visited Scotland to find out more about advances in nature-based education one of their main stop-off points was Dunblane Nature Kindergarten.

Over the last two years the kindergarten has been transformed from a traditional indoor-based nursery to one where there’s a balance of indoor, outdoor and community based practice.

Steven White, project manager at Dunblane, said: “The trip was organised by a former colleague, Nicky Buchan, who moved to Australia several years ago and has been promoting visits to the UK to showcase examples of best practice and outdoor learning approaches.

“Our kindergarten has been undergoing some significant changes over the past two years. The Australian visitors came to see how that transition took place, and talk to staff about the process. They spent a day observing our practice and there followed an evening training session, led by Nicky. We’d also invited along Juliet Robertson, a leading consultant in outdoor education with both early years and primary school.”

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Kara Doonan of the Care Inspectorate attended the evening session and she said: “It proved a great way of sharing experience and practice, and allowed the work that’s been done by the staff at Dunblane to be recognised by fellow professionals.”

Steven said the key factor that emerged was the distinctive approach of staff, which emphasises the application of child-led practice. “At Dunblane Nature Kindergarten our focus is on creating an environment where everyone is excited, enthused and motivated.”

Notably, what also became clear during discussions was Scotland’s pioneering role in the area of nature-based education. According to Steven there are many establishments engaging in outdoor risky play in this part of the world, and many more exploring ways of implementing it in their practice.

He said: “There is a great deal of interest in outdoor education in Australia, but they are at the stage of translating intent into practice. We were delighted to illustrate how that’s been achieved in Dunblane.”

 

Splashes of fun in the local stream

Splashes of fun in the local stream

Climbing and Exploring