Dunblane Nature Kindergarten Australia Visit!

Natural selection

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

 

Read about Creative STAR Learning’s visit to our nursery!

In October we welcomed a visit to our nursery from Juliet Robertson, Early Years consultant, from Creative STAR Learning and Early years consultants from Inspired EC in Australia!

Juliet has written a brilliant review of her visit, give it a read here: http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/developing-school-grounds-outdoor-spaces/dunblane-nature-kindergarten-a-transformation-from-traditional-to-nature-based-practice/

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To find out more about both of our visitors click on the links below:
https://www.inspiredec.com/
http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/about-juliet/

Job Vacancies here at Dunblane Nature Kindergarten!

Dunblane Nature Kindergarten and Out of School Club have exciting job opportunities available.  We are an innovative, award-winning and child-centred play and learning centre and welcome applicants sharing our ethos.  You will join a team of motivated and passionate educators and you will be passionate about children’s learning both indoors and outdoors, sharing a child-led approach.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Qualified Early Years Educator – Full-time (5 days)

Qualified Early Years Educator – Part-time (2 days)

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter/email to

Steve Rivers, Manager – dnk@bertramuk.com

Tel 01786 821950

The closing date is Friday 4th December.

Job Vacancies

We have have exciting job opportunities available.  We are an innovative, award-winning and child-centred play and learning centre and welcome applicants sharing our ethos.  You will join a team of motivated and passionate educators.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Full time trainee (Modern Apprentice) Early Years Educator (40 hours)

This is a much sought after position during which you will be trained (through BNG training) to achieve an SVQ level 3 qualification.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter/email to Steve Rivers, Manager – dnk@bertramuk.com or call 01786 821950 (option 1). The closing date is Friday 16th October.

Qualified Early Years Educator – Part-time (2 days)

Applicants must hold a qualification meeting the registration requirements of the SSSC as Practitioner.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter/email to Steve Rivers, Manager – dnk@bertramuk.com or call 01786 821950 (option 1). The closing date is Friday 16th October.

Qualified Early Years Educator – Supply (variable hours)

Applicants must hold a qualification meeting the registration requirements of the SSSC as Practitioner or support worker.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter/email to Steve Rivers, Manager – dnk@bertramuk.com or call 01786 821950 (option 1). The closing date is Friday 16th October.

Qualified OOS club Playworker – Supply (variable hours)

Applicants must hold a qualification meeting the registration requirements of the SSSC as Practitioner or support worker.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter/email to Steve Rivers, Manager – dnk@bertramuk.com or call 01786 821950 (option 1). The closing date is Friday 16th October.