New pods bring new possibilities for out-door learning

As the Fintry nursery redevelopment continues we are extremely pleased to share that the urban pod shelters, and toilet blocks, have now arrived.

The pods will ensure that our fully out door out of school club can cater to the needs of the children who use it no matter the weather.

Our new Fintry Out Of School Club was made possible thanks to the Access to Childcare Fund which will help us to provide accessible and affordable school age childcare for low-income families in the Fintry area of Dundee. This new service, opening in Spring 2022, will allow parents in the area to reduce childcare costs, work more flexibly and increase their incomes knowing that their children are in a safe and unique learning environment.

Lesley Tait, Head of Childcare Services at FCSS, said:

“This is a unique space with an extensive out door area in a built-up community. The new modular pod system will provide a space for the children to prepare for a fully out-door play and learning experience.

“Children are becoming more disconnected with the natural world, and this funding will support us to create an environment for the them to delve, unhindered, into nature. This space would contribute to the children’s risk taking and will encourage improved health and wellbeing. We will resource and introduce tools for imaginative play; loose parts, cooking outside, fire pits, and den making. This is an experience that many of the children will not have had access to previously.”

Care will primarily be delivered outdoors, providing children with a unique learning experience before and after school and throughout the school holidays. It has been designed to support priority groups in the area including lone parent families, families that include a disabled adult or child, ethnic minority families and families where the mother is under the age of 25.