Nature nursery impresses visitors from Down Under

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The region’s only nature nursery is going global after hosting a visit from Down Under.

A group of 36 delegates from Australia spent two days at Boldon Outdoor Nursery School.

Your staff and outdoor area are truly inspiring

Sarah Denholm

Sue Stokoe, headteacher at the Boldon Colliery nursery, which has scooped two ‘outstanding’ Ofsteds, said: “They came to see for themselves how children’s connections with nature impact on their pace and development of learning.

“The group are members of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia. They are leaders and teachers in schools for children aged 3-12 years of age.

“The group spent time observing the practice, the children and speaking with some parents.

“After lunch each day the group explored the nursery’s vision and philosophy of supporting children to have time and space in the outdoors, all day, every day, whatever the weather.”

Sarah Denholm, one of the AISWA study tour visitors, wrote: “Wow! what an amazing school. Your staff and outdoor area are truly inspiring.”

This is the third time a study group from Australia has visited the nursery. The first was in 2012 and the second in 2014.

Last month the nursery, which carried out all its lessons in the great outdoors, was chosen by the European Commission to be part of a £135,000 project which, over 32 months, will see the nursery working with three other nature schools in Norway, Scotland and the Czech Republic.

They will then share their findings with the rest of the world about the positive impact learning through nature has on children of all ages.

Mrs Stokoe said they are very excited about the project and finding out how the other three schools do things.

She said the four schools working together will be aiming to show to other schools how much working with nature helps children to learn and gives them skills which are important throughout their lives.