A PIONEERING nursery has welcomed visitors from Down Under on a fact-finding mission to the UK.
Youngsters at Boldon Nursery School in Reginald Street, Boldon Colliery, do most of their learning outdoors, using nature and wildlife and the world around them.
Staff and children recently met a group of Australians exploring nature-based learning in England and Scotland, experiencing carefully selected, high-quality early learning environments.
Boldon Nursery School has been rated outstanding by Ofsted, and its approach has been held up nationally as an example of how to raise standards.
Headteacher Sue Stokoe said: “Children attended nursery during the half-term holiday for the morning to enable the visitors to see the staff and children at work.
“The visitors wrote many comments about the nursery, including the passion among staff being phenomenal and the creativity and imagination observed in staff being life-changing.
“They said the school’s reflection on its journey was honest, heart-warming and inspirational and that so many amazing and inspirational things occurred in the space.
“They said children were so engaged and staff were wonderful in their interactions, supporting and extending the learning. The visit was extremely successful, and it was a great accolade for the team.”
The visit was organised by Clair Warden, from Scottish educational consultancy Mindstretchers, and educational consultant Tash Treveton, from Inspired Early Childhood in New South Wales, Australia.
The group also visited Pen Green Children’s Centre in Corby, Northamptonshire, and Auchlone Nature Kindergarten in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland.