Activities, Experiences and Outdoor Play

We offer the lots of varied, fun activities including - arts and crafts, schematic play, treasure baskets, stories, singing, messy play, music making, physical play, dancing, home baking, puzzles, outdoor play, construction, mark making, sand and water play, local walks, IT- using computers and ipads.

Outdoor play is an important part of the day for the children and we look at it as an extension and continuation of the playroom by providing role play, water, sand and a woodwork bench along with a fabulous muddy kitchen area where children are able to make mud pies and generally enjoying natural messy play which is important for the children's well being by finding out about something new – “what happens if?"

This encourages a positive approach to new experiences and requires concentration, problem solving and planning- skills which lead to increased self confidence and self esteem.

For further information about the importance of outdoor play and Froebel approach to learning click here

Forest School play is an educational initiative to enhance children’s experiences using the natural wildlife surroundings.  It helps to build child’s self-esteem, confidence, provides opportunities for the children to explore and gain knowledge of risk and how to assess a situation in order for the children to challenge their skills and abilities.

Our Lead Forest School play teacher teaches the children how to explore the woodlands, play with natural materials and enhance their learning through experiences such as den building, learning how to build safe forest campfires, using natural settings and materials to incorporate in art and crafts, create our own woodland stories and learning the different species of trees and plants.

Within the children’s play and experiences they will be incorporating our curriculum for English, Maths, Health and Wellbeing and Science.

Scotland is leading the way in Forest schools (from a statement provide by Edinburgh council last week) and we at Pinocchio’s are excited to be apart of it!

For further information please click here

As part of our Intergenerational Programme, we regularly visit the local care homes in the community.

  • Encouraging different generations to form relationships.
  • Children aged 3 months to 12 years old visit the residents

The programme has many benefits for both older and young. Click here to find out more.

We offer various extra-curricular activities within the nurseries. We normally ask the parents for feedback on which activities they would be interested in and then offer these accordingly as many classes need a minimum number to take place.

The nursery teams will be able to give you details on the classes on offer in their individual nursery, but in the past we have offered the following: French, horse riding, swimming, arts and crafts, drama etc.

As well as regular weekly local walks and trips for all ages, we have the following events annually:

  • May/ early June parent's evening. 1-1 with your child's keyworker.
  • Junior and Preschool summer trip
  • November informal parent's evening
  • Christmas party, with a special visitor!
  • Preschool Christmas theatre trip
  • Fun days- Raising money for our main charity- Edinburgh children’s hospital charity.
  • Summer Sports day and Preschool Graduation

Pinocchio's Children’s Nurseries are a group of 5 award winning children's nurseries across Edinburgh & Midlothian.

We currently have purpose built day nurseries in Eskbank, Lasswade, Penicuik, Heriot Watt and Gilmerton.

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