Outdoor Learning at St George's Nursery

Outdoor Education in the Nursery

Outdoor Learning, with its practical hands-on approach to discovery in the outdoor environment, is a vital component of our curriculum. We believe that children are enlivened by the time they spend outdoors. Our teachers and early years practitioners prepare for child-led, outdoor learning experiences across all curricular areas.

Our extensive grounds include a variety of adventure areas:
  • Fantastical forest
  • The Wild Wood
  • Secret garden and fort
  • Junior School playground
  • 15 acres of campus and school playing fields


As St George’s is located in a leafy suburb area of Edinburgh, we are fortunate to have acres of green space in which to play and explore; girls and boys have plenty of outdoor space for imaginative role-play, adventure play and environmental learning.

Being outdoors at St George’s nursery is fun! Our children spend time outdoors every day. Wearing wellies and waterproof dungarees are almost part of our school uniform!

The adage, ‘play is a child’s work’ is never truer than when outdoors. Through play, children are able to make sense of the world and to develop physically, socially and emotionally. Children learn and reach key milestones through stimulation in all sensory areas; they can develop a natural curiosity and sense of wonder about the world around them.

For our outdoor learning environment, we have:

  • A lively nursery playground area
  • Mud kitchen
  • Fantastical Forest
  • Secret Garden
  • Wild Wood

Children can scramble over our nursery fort and climbing frame, dig in our large sandpit, ‘cook’ in our mud kitchen and play with our wide range of outdoor toys. They can explore their mark-making abilities using a variety of outdoor mediums. We have a generous supply of loose parts for children to experiment in balancing, climbing and building with their friends.

Our children develop their creativity, core strength and gross motor skills through play opportunities outdoors. Being in a natural environment teaches problem-solving, team-work and risk-awareness skills as well as providing our children with life-affirming, bonding experiences with their peers and teachers.


Read our feature articles written by our Junior School staff on:

› The importance of play in the pre-school year: key facts every parent should consider

› Outdoor Learning In School and Why We Do It