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. 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 deprivation and seeks the active involvement of dads and parents from ethnic minorities.

Sessions are weekly, with upto 10 children and family members taking part, and are led by GfL staff. Alongside this, nursery staff attend, helping build relationships and equipping the nursery staff to then lead an indentical programme, with GfL support.

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

This work built on the pilot programme run in 2012-2013 by Grounds for Learning.

Nurturing Nature has now supported many hundreds of vulnerable children familes across many authorities in Scotland to experience the enjoyment, health benefits and social breakthrough that play in nature can bring.

We are grateful for our partners:

Initially the Esmee Fairburn Foundation and the Robertson Trust and the Cattanach Trust. Currently supported by CYPFEIF & ALEC and Scottish Natural Heritage.


For more information on this programme, please contact our Parenting and Early Years officer on 01786 465 934

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