Going wild for education

Shiremoor Nursery has a giant tent outside for the children so they can have fun in the fresh air-seen inside the tent with the children are Natalie Daglish (left) and staff member Fiona Elliott-Wood.'REF 1607131636
Shiremoor Nursery has a giant tent outside for the children so they can have fun in the fresh air-seen inside the tent with the children are Natalie Daglish (left) and staff member Fiona Elliott-Wood.'REF 1607131636
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Nursery children are finding out first hand about the big outdoors thanks to their new ‘classroom’.

Shiremoor Nursery, based at the Children’s Centre, has moved its facilities outdoors thanks to a giant tent so youngsters can explore nature while enjoying the fresh air.

The ‘Forest School’ allows children to appreciate the natural world, with beanbags inside the tent to let the two and three-year-olds still learn while hearing the rain fall on the canvas.

Nursery manager Amanda Taylor said: “It is becoming harder than ever for children to be able to play and explore in the natural environments that we once had, so we have developed our meadow into an area where the children can have these opportunities.

“The meadow has a pond with lots of frogs and a bug hotel to encourage insects, mice and hedgehogs. Our plants are specially chosen to encourage butterflies and bees.

“There are willow structures for the children to explore and our tunnel makes a hill to climb. Our planting boxes are ready for vegetables so the children can watch them grow and understand that they come from the soil and not the shops.”