Earthtime's Forest School nurseries at Duffus and Elgin are reopening after new guidance from the Scottish Government.
Throughout the pandemic, Earthtime's nursery at it's Duffus site has been running a separate childcare hub for children of key workers and vulnerable families, and is now set to reopen thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers. The key workers' childcare hub at Duffus has been working with an average of 12 children daily, whose nursery staff say have settled in well to learning in the woodland.
Natalie Campbell, Earthtime project leader, said: "The reopening of both our nurseries has only been possible due to the incredible response we have received from a recent appeal for volunteers. We were overwhelmed by the number of people coming forward to donate their time and are very grateful. "We had 12 or so volunteers come forward. It'll all be very different for us but not so different for the wee ones we work with, and we're glad we can offer a period of transition for children going into P1 who can now have some sociable time before moving on. "We're very lucky at Duffus as we have so much room and this allows staff to work with the children in a socially distanced way as well as have different small groups at the same time. "Because we've been running a childcare hub we are very familiar with all the enhanced measures to ensure social distancing.
Visit Earthtime's website to find out more about their outdoor nurseries - http://earthtime.co.uk/