People and Communities – November Blog

This term we are looking at People and Communities which is one of the key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We are very lucky to be situated in a park that has abundance of things to do and we wanted the children to see first hand the many professions that go on within the park. One of our children wanted to know how to get to the top of the giant trees, so we took him to see the Arboriculture team which is ran by Myerscough college. The children watched the climbers put their harnesses on and pull themselves up using ropes and then climb to the top of the tree.

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What do you do when it rains? October Update

Whenever we tell people about the work that we do, the first thing a lot of people say is “what do you do when it rains”. October was quite a wet month but that didn’t stop us from having fun.

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Outdoor Nursery – September Blog


Here is the link to our September blog for the outdoor nursery. Click here 

It’s time we gave our children permission to get outside and get dirty

People who spend more time outdoors as kids are the ones who have a stronger interest in protecting the planet – Click here for link



SEN member Nature to Nurture Ltd has been shortlisted for yet another prestigious award!

The Bootle-based organisation has gone from strength to strength since they set up just 2 years ago, and have been shortlisted for Inspirational Woman & New Business at the EVA Awards, Social Enterprise of the Year at the Downtown Business Awards and New Social Enterprise at the SENW Awards. The award they are currently up for is the New Environmental Enterprise Award at the Echo Awards. This category acknowledges organisations established for less than two years who can demonstrate both the environmental and social benefits of their activities, as well as commercial viability, ambition to grow and develop and a commitment to sustainability, amongst other things.

Nature to Nurture run Forest School sessions within Croxteth Country Park, delivering parent and toddler woodland sessions, team building and training days, half term sessions and programmes for schools and nursery. They are currently in the process of establishing an Outdoor Nursery, which will be the first Social Enterprise Nursery in England.

Managing Director Julie White says “We are thrilled that we have been nominated as many times as we have in such a short space of time, and fingers crossed.”

Team SEN wishes Julie and her team the best of luck and hope they are recognised for the valuable work they do.

Jessy’s Forest School Adventure

This prompt: “Being Adventurous” could not have fallen on a better day as it was our final day at Forest School. For the last four weeks me and Jessamy (and Lottie once) have been going up to Toddler Forest School sessions with Nature to Nurture in Croxteth Park. We’re lucky to live so close to the park and though we’ve been so many times we haven’t enjoyed it in the new ways that have been discovered through these sessions! Before these sessions Jessamy didn’t like bugs or spiders, she said they were scared. On our first day she didn’t want to walk into the woods because of ‘the snakes’ and now she loves it.

Rather than trying to put how awesome they are into my words, which aren’t very good or properly formed (or purposed for this cause) here’s a proper explanation of how the toddler sessions work, from the Nature to Nurture website:

Our toddler sessions are designed to get children outdoors from an early age.  Being surrounded by nature helps them to develop a respect and understanding for other living things and also fosters their curiosity. The environment enables them to manage their own risk and push the boundaries of their own capabilities which enables them to become confident in this type of environment. Their vocabulary increases as each session offers new experiences and as relationships develop with adults and other children so does their social skills.

Sessions are very relaxed and activities are on offer should the children want to take part, we firmly believe that children learn what they need to learn through play so they are free to explore the woodland at their own pace. We have found that children under the age of 2 and 1/2 just want to walk around, climb and play in the mud, they are not interested in any of the activities that are on offer. This is absolutely fine as they are developing core muscles and balance and developing their sensory skills.  After 2 and a 1/2 they then engage imaginatively with the peers, they will engage more with the activities and play games with each other.

For the last four weeks we’ve spent every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm enjoying the forest school environment within the confines of the setup and it has been fascinating. Jessamy has completely changed her opinion to ‘creatures’ as she calls them and though she doesn’t like getting mud on her hands still she was quite happy to be covered in clay and paint. She has loved it and I will be signing up for more sessions as soon as I can.

Throughout the weeks Jessamy has battled with dinosaurs, made cottage pie out of mud and leaves and made her own rabbit sculpture. She has collected worms and creatures and watched them closely and today, although I can’t verify it as I refused to look, she met a teeny tiny frog! It’s been absolutely amazing for her and though Lottie is a little young she enjoyed her one session – it mainly consisted of throwing herself in mud, joyfully.

The best way to describe our adventures is visually of course:




Want your child to be a success Quit scheduling and let them play.

But….Isn’t it dangerous? Risk and Reward in Nature Play.

But…Isn’t It Dangerous? Risk and Reward in Nature Play

The play deficit – Peter Gray

School Starting age- The Evidence

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