CHILDREN were given a taste of the outdoors as Derby College’s new £400,000 forest based nursery opened its doors.
Little Explorers, based at Derby College’s Broomfiled Hall campus in Morley, is a purpose-built 54 place nursery for children aged three months to five years and then older children after school and during the holidays.
The nursery, which is the first in Derbyshire to achieve Forest School status, is based on the outdoor nursery model, developed in Scandinavia, where most of the day is spent outside exploring the natural environment.
Head of Broomfield Hall Louise Curd explained: “The concept for Little Explorers is to use the outdoors as a classroom so that they can enjoy their surroundings and gain a real appreciation of environmental issues as part of the pre-school curriculum.
“In addition, the children will be involved in the neighbouring Food Hub – learning how to grow food, and all the meals served will be sourced from local producers as part of our work to build on our silver status Eco-Schools status.”