FossoPLAY Outdoor Nursery is a woodland-based children’s nursery opening in summer 2019 at Fossoway Stables in Drum, near Kinross. The passion project of Christopher McConnell, FossoPLAY is offering a play-based and child-led approach to early education in the wonderfully abundant and creative natural space at Fossoway Stables. 

A sheltered base under the canopy of mature trees has been developed specifically with inquisitive children in mind and provides a magical environment for them to explore. With a custom-built yurt offering an indoor space to retreat to, a campfire to sit round for story time, endless paths to follow, and bridges to cross the FossoPLAY site offers limitless adventures for the children who attend. 

Christopher, who has over 15 years experience within the education and children’s services sector, is passionate about providing children with access to the natural environment and exposing them to its opportunities for play, growth, learning and development. There are copious research papers and studies supporting child-led outdoor play and education and through his role in local authority projects Christopher knows how beneficial this approach can be. But it’s on looking back at his own childhood as well as how he’s incorporated the outdoors in his children’s early years, where the idea for FossoPLAY grew.

Initially, FossoPLAY will be open to children aged 3 to 5 years, but there are plans to extend this in time to a larger age group offering holiday clubs, after school clubs, and family sessions.

FossoPLAY are holding two Open Days on Saturday 15th June 2019 1pm-4pm and Monday 17th June 2019 1pm - 4pm where parents, carers and children can explore the site, learn about what they can expect from attending the nursery and meet Christopher to discuss their specific needs and answer any questions. The Open Days are open to all.

Abigail Shepherd