"Aged five and about to start school, he’s confident, popular, independent, and absolutely loving life. This is in huge part thanks to Nurture and its wonderful community of staff and families."

Bran started Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten aged two. He already had a love for the outdoors but was socially nervous and hadn’t quite found his “voice”. Now, aged five and about to start school, he’s confident, popular, independent, and absolutely loving life. This is in huge part thanks to Nurture and its wonderful community of staff and families. The setting is idyllic: a shaded garden with trees to climb, herbs to grow, creatures to find, sandpits to dig, a sheltered book nook, and a circle of little logs where children share the most important parts of their day - meal times and stories. The practitioners bring the magic - they really know our children, and their gentle, nurturing approach is underpinned by a shared wealth of expertise and experience.

I love the freedom that flows through this setting. Bran has relished the outdoor space that allows him to explore, take risks, and learn how to use his body; the emotional space within which he has grown in confidence, forged friendships, and navigated conflicts; and the freedom to pursue his interests and lead his own play. He explains to me in detail how to make a fire, or how to saw and hammer different types of wood - bushcraft and woodwork are two of his favourite activities at Nurture. But he’s just as happy pottering, problem solving and “imagineering” with his friends, whatever the weather.

For me, it’s the powerful combination of outdoor play and respectful caregiving that makes Nurture truly special and unique. It’s been an incredible journey for Bran, and I can’t wait for my second child to follow in his muddy footsteps.