At Forbes Children’s Nursery we are firm believers in experiential learning and are keen for the children to access a wide range of activities both indoors and out. At the nursery the children enjoy exploring movement through tap dancing lessons and at Gymini, whilst the Music teachers introduces them to sound, rhythm and a variety of unusual instruments. In our beautiful walled gardens the children learn to appreciate nature by tending to our vegetable patch, where we can see fruits and vegetables grow. There are all sorts of exciting corners to explore and scramble around and when it’s time to calm down we like to relax in our sensory herb garden with a good, old fashioned story.
Edinburgh is a treasure trove of learning experiences and offers a host of amazing activities for nursery age children. We pay regular visits to Craigmillar and Edinburgh castles, Arthurs Seat and the Edinburgh art galleries as well as exploring our local area on trips to the park or the public library to listen to storytellers. We are lucky in Edinburgh to have numerous festivals taking place throughout the year and we make sure to take every possible opportunity to get involved. In recent years we have taken our children to the Science and Imaginate Theatre festivals as well as the Edinburgh Festival where the children have taken part in a variety of wacky and wonderful performances and workshops. Often we tailor our outings to the children’s interests; understanding the farmyard at East Links Farm, getting to grips with the forces behind volcanoes at the Dynamic Earth or exploring the creatures of the deep at Deep Sea World.
We are also lucky enough to be able to access a secret valley in the Borders, where our children can get back to nature and explore the wilderness in a more meaningful way than any amount of explanation could do. There are acres of mixed forest to wander through collecting twigs, leaves and pine cones, babbling brooks to build dams in and all kinds of creatures to spy including lambs, deer, frogs, rabbits, herons and woodpeckers to name but a few. We are firm believers in the potential of forest school education and implement many aspects of the forest school ethos on our trips to this magical place.