Why We Do Things The Way We Do

04 Dec 2016

Deborah Carlisle Solomon, RIE® Associate and leading expert in the development and care of infants and young children, offers insight the RIE® way in her book, Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way.


01 Dec 2016

At our last Friday team meeting, Helen shared an observation that got us all thinking and reflecting on the last couple of weeks. In the House, we have various resources for children to access freely. Most days, but certainly not all, there has been quite a lot of these resources out; wooden blocks, scarves, play dishes, art materials, etc. Helen noticed that once we come in to the House, some children might rush to the art trolley or the block building area, grab at various materials and use them in a rather frantic way.

27 Nov 2016

Here Heather Shumaker speaks to the natural development of children; at their own pace, in their own time. In our opinion early academics steal valuable play time - crucial to children's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

27 Nov 2016

Experiential learning is something we take seriously at Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten. We believe that as human beings we learn best by doing. Take a look at the video for more about Bev Bos - international speaker and activist on all things play in early childhood.


19 Nov 2016

The education revolution: This RSA Animate video was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.

16 Nov 2016
We take care of ourselves, we take care of each other, and we take care of the place we’re in

This is something I heard whilst on our Progressive Education Tour in Los Angeles this year. I like the simplicity of it and the emphasis on caring. This is something we see at Kindergarten on a daily basis. I never cease to be amazed at the generosity and kindness these children show towards one another.

06 Dec 2015

We believe that our work with young children is incredibly important. This is based on our understanding that the way we are with babies and young children greatly influences the adult they will become. Because of this, at Nurture we work incredibly hard to create an environment, and indeed a culture, that values trust and respect.

29 Nov 2015

Parents – and often grandparents too – are children’s first and most important educators, and home is where the journey through development begins. However, other environments such as a nursery, nursery school or kindergarten will also significantly influence this process. 

When showing people around kindergarten I often get asked “What experience/qualifications do you have” and “What made you open a kindergarten?” What they really want to know – quite rightly – is “How might my child be influenced, shaped and guided by time spent in this environment, with these people?”

17 Nov 2015

Observation is at the heart of what we do at Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten. For us, the mindful and respectful adult listens to and takes seriously what each child is communicating, because when observing young children everything is significant.

16 Nov 2015

Wise words from Robert John Meehan on teaching - "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives". At Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten, self reflection and shared reflection is integral to our work with children.