Outdoor play area at Canniesburn Nursery is award winning

Canniesburn Nursery children at the hen house.
Canniesburn Nursery children at the hen house.

Canniesburn Nursery has become the first in Scotland to receive a national award for inspirational outdoor play areas.

The Bearsden nursery was recognised at the Nursery Management Today (NMT) magazine awards in front of a panel of judges in Glasgow recently.

Canniesburn was up against four other nurseries in the outdoor spaces category. One project saw the children given five chickens, before hatching some of the birds’ eggs in an incubator.

They also learnt how to look after the livestock and about the life cycle of the animals.

Nursery manager Kirsty Mahindru, said: “The children took the chicks home at weekends and brought them back on Mondays.

“It was a nice interactive way of getting the parents involved as well.”

Kirsty explained that the initiative covered a wide range of health and wellbeing topics, including science, maths and food issues.

She added: “I would like to congratulate Rose, Gemma and all the team on their hard work on developing our outdoor learning environment.

“Our nursery is special because children make the choices about their learning and have access to indoors and outdoors resources and experiences all day every day.”

East Dunbartonshire Provost Una Walker commented: “I was delighted to hear that Canniesburn Nursery has been awarded the first Scottish NMT award for the category Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment, but not surprised.

“I had the honour of opening the new outdoor space and garden in September 2013, and was much impressed by it and the high standard of care and education offered to the children who attend the nursery. I congratulate the staff for their dedication and their hard work in achieving this fine award.”