Supporting development using outdoor play.

Nurturing Nature

The Nurturing Nature project uses outdoor free play in areas of local greenspace as an early intervention to support the wellbeing of vulnerable pre-school children; particularly in the emotional, social, cognitive and physical domains.

Project summary

The project has a strong emphasis on nature play as a way of supporting parent/child relationships and healthy attachment.

The project targets families in areas of multiple deprivations and seeks the active involvement of dads and parents from ethnic minorities.

Would you like more information on this programme?
Then please contact our Parenting and Early Years officer on 01786 465 934 or contact us below.

How does the project work?

Sessions are weekly, with up to 10 children and family members taking part, and are led by our staff. Nursery staff attend alongside helping build relationships and equipping them to then lead an identical programme, with our support.

In addition, we are delivering a 6-month development programme for early years professionals, who will then run similar programmes in their own settings, as part of the course.

This work built on the pilot programme run in 2012-2013. Nurturing Nature has now supported many hundreds of vulnerable children and families across many authorities in Scotland to experience the enjoyment, health benefits and social breakthrough that play in nature can bring.

Giving thanks

We are grateful for our partners, the first being the Esmee Fairburn Foundation and the Robertson Trust and the Cattanach Trust.

We are currently supported by:

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