At Crossbasket Nursery School we are passionate about outdoor learning and provide a wide variety of opportunities for this on a daily basis, regardless of the weather.

We are very fortunate to have 5 separate outdoor learning areas and a forest school, which are fully equipped and spacious to support learning and development.

There are many benefits from taking children outside to learn and Play which are:-

  • Children learn to make connections with the real world outside the classroom, helping to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a meaningful context.
  • The outdoor environments and surroundings act as a rich stimulus for creative thinking and learning.
  • children can sometimes behave differently outdoors. Quiet pupils may speak more, others become calmer and more focused when outside, especially in a natural space.
  • The multi-sensory experience outdoors helps children to retain knowledge more effectively.
  • Learning in a less structured environment can provide a different learning experience from that of the classroom.
  • Being outdoors can be a more relaxing learning experience for many learners.

  • Increasingly, research shows that being outdoors supports this nurturing experience.Particularly the additional stimulation of a rich, natural or naturalised outdoor environment; the increased possibilities and opportunities for exploration, developing curiosity, investigation and creativity has ‘profound benefits for children in terms of psychological wellbeing: buffering life stresses and boosting resilience.

    Young Children’s Relationship with Nature: Its Importance to Children’s Development and the Earth’s Future. R White, 2004
  • Access to active play in nature and outdoors – with its risks – is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self – directed play outdoors in all settings – at home, at school, in childcare, the community and nature.

    Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play, Canadian Government 2015
  • All children and young people should enjoy high quality play opportunities, particularly outdoor free play in stimulating spaces with access to nature, on a daily basis in school, nursery and early learning and childcare.

    Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Action Plan (2013) Scottish Government