The Secret Garden Outdoor
Nursery opened its invisible doors in September 2008, receiving
at this time the Nancy Ovens Award for Play ‘Outstanding Contribution to
Play’ and from Play Scotland ‘Best Practice in Action’.
Based in a 25 acre woodland north of Letham village
in Fife, the nursery offers explorative full-time outdoor play, 4½
days a week, for 49 weeks of the year from 8.30am – 5.00pm. With a present roll of about 40 children attending between
4 hours and 3 days per week the enthusiasm for outdoor play and learning
appears to be rising.
Yurt and tarps offer shelter from weather; fires
and much physical movement also keep the cheer and warmth. Our
practitioners develop a strong stable presence in the natural
environment to ensure that children are safe, secure and are offered
excellent child care and educational development. The nursery makes use
of the village park and shelter on a daily basis and has been pivotal in
supporting and funding the park transformation for all in the community.
An Under 3s group has also recently begun, meeting at Monimail Tower,
offering parents an insight to and connection with the nursery prior to
Enrolling at the Secret Garden...
Please contact us if you
might be interested in enrolling your child at the Secret Garden.
Into the Middle of Nowhere
The magic of the Secret Garden was wonderfully captured in a short
Into the Middle of Nowhere, directed by
Anna Ewert. Anna kindly produced the following additional footage providing a taster of what the children experience. Much gratitude to Anna for all she’s contributed to The Secret Garden, not least her gentle presence of the skilled film maker and her artist’s ability to join up children’s play with the light and humorous touch of the musician so skilfully.