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.
Enrolling at the Secret Garden...
Please contact us if you
might be interested in enrolling your child at the Secret Garden.
Care Inspectorate Report
We had a Care Inspectorate inspection at the beginning of March this year
(2016). The inspector looked at the following quality statement indicators
for the nursery and gave the grades below;
Quality of care and support 5 Very Good Quality of environment 5 Very Good Quality of staffing 5 Very Good Quality of management and leadership 5 Very Good
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.