Our new eco classroom ‘The Hive’ was opened in January 2018 by Councillor David Mellon when he came to read a story to the children as part of a fund raising initiative for the Dolly Parton imagination library charity which was featured by the Nottingham evening post and Notts TV.
‘The Hive’ is a single story bespoke building with bi fold doors and was designed to be a light airy free flow indoor and secure enclosed outdoor learning space to enable the children to access the natural environment and its rich learning opportunities as much as possible. The children plant and tend a range of flowers, fruit, herbs and vegetables both in the nursery garden and at the forest community gardens where we have our own allotment. The nursery kitchen is hoping to use what we grow within the nursery menus and any surplus we intend to give to the local community and our families for their use at home. We intend for all age groups, even the youngest, to enjoy this new facility throughout their time with us.
We have a forest school qualified preschool leader who takes groups of children to the Blackwoods scout hut site on Hucknall Road each week where they learn how to take safe risks in the outdoors even making toast on an open fire. Forest school is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical hands on activities. This promotes physical development both and gross and fine motor skills and the children develop awareness of the differences in surroundings. The children begin to understand the importance of rules and working as part of a group, building relationships, trust between friends , caring for each together and so much more.
We have built a strong relationship with Acorn House, a local care home for the elderly and residents from the home visit us here at nursery and get involved with activities and small groups of our Hive children visit the home also. Both the children and residents of the care home benefit immensely from the shared interaction.