THE Christmas holidays are fast approaching but for pupils of Kelvinside Academy Nursery the first term has been an exciting one with the nursery piloting its Forest Kindergarten.
One morning a week, children have been pulling on their wellies and exploring nearby woods located just a five minute walk from Kelvinside Academy Nursery’s Balgray Campus.
The idea behind Forest Kindergartens originates in Scandinavia and the concept has been championed by Forestry Commission Scotland.
Glasgow City Council has also supported this, rolling out similar initiatives across the city.
Speaking about Kelvinside Academy Nursery’s recently-introduced Forest Kindergarten, Tracy Nugent, head of Nursery, said: “There are so many benefits to allowing children to play freely in woodland. As well as increased physical activity, the outdoors is a great place to learn as the children witness nature first-hand and discover more independence through real-life experiences.
“Research has shown that concentration levels are improved for children who learn outside. In fairy tales, forests are often a scary place, think of the ‘big, bad wolf’ in Little Red Riding Hood. This allows us to show children what a diverse and beautiful place the forest is and encourages them to take an interest in the environment and biodiversity from a young age.”
More information about Kelvinside Academy can be found at kelvinsideacademy.org.uk
Pictured: Kelvinside Academy Nursery pupils Milana, Uxuri and Charlie spend time in the Forest Kindergarten.
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