A Cynon Valley park near our luxury camping yurts has revealed it is setting its sights on unveiling Wales’ first ever nature kindergarten.
The news comes following a nature-based parent and toddler group being organised at Dare Valley Park in Aberdare, near our glamping South Wales accommodation, as a result of a positive and insightful visit from a Scandinavian Early Years training group in 2015.
Over the last eight months, Dare Valley Park has been offering two sessions per week for children between the ages of one and four, giving them the opportunity to explore and discover nature using a range of fun activities with mums, dads, and grandparents there too.
The children will frequently enjoy free-play, as well as learning other basic outdoor-style techniques, such as learning to help build fires, cooking toast on the fire, as well as being taught how to plant trees.
When speaking about the relatively new classes, Marc Withers, Dare Valley Country Park development manager said: “The group has been a phenomenal success with over 100 participants visiting us, and a regular base of 25 parents and little ones returning each week to engage with nature activities.
“The ethos of the group is very much in line with the Foundation Phase, which is based on the Swedish Early Years philosophy that we learned training in last year.”
Marc also added: “Nature Kindergartens are an established setting in Europe and a growing part of the Scottish and English education system, with 17% of Scottish outdoor nurseries gaining the highest Estyn type inspection grades, versus 6% for indoor settings.
“The need for this type of nursery is most evident because of the low levels of physical literacy and speak and language development. The outdoors is a phenomenally successful environment to encourage these developments.”
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