Little Bugs is a new outdoor nursery based within Fordell Firs activity centre on the Fordell Estate, West Fife. We offer early years education for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
We offer adventure within a nurturing environment. Our learning structure is play based as we encourage children to take the lead when exploring, allowing them to let their imagination run wild. As experienced early years practitioners we scaffold children’s learning experiences and encourage curiosity and a thirst for learning.
The idea of Little bugs emerged from a desire to provide children with a natural learning environment. A place where they can experience the true wonders of nature, where they can learn from plants and insects whilst allowing them to play and be creative with natural resources.
The concept of outdoor learning has been around for some time however the importance of what it provides for children in terms of health, wellbeing and learning benefits has been diluted with the introduction of modern educational concepts. At Little Bugs we feel the time has come to go back to basics allowing children to reconnect with their natural surroundings.
The little bugs setting allows children to learn through play by using the woodlands and the great outdoors to spark imagination, investigation, and appropriate challenge for each individual child. We promote a growth mind set, understanding that resilience is a skill that should be encouraged from an Early age. Our Visions and Values align with the SHANARRI indicators as well as the Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) Framework set by the Scottish Government.
At Little Bugs we feel the time has come to go back to basics allowing children to reconnect with their natural surroundings.
Louise’s first degree was in Retail management and consumer studies. Alongside her degree Louise worked In John Lewis department store. Her role involved managing and working on several high profile projects both locally and nationally for the department store. As one of the store recruitment advisors she hired and coached staff for departments across the branch. The opportunity to retrain arose and Louise decided that she wanted to go back to university to complete a postgraduate in Primary Education.
Louise is now an experienced Primary School teacher currently working as a learning support teacher within Fife Council. Louise has worked closely with children who have been identified as having additional support needs. Her extensive knowledge and experience of working with children with Autism, ADHD and attachment difficulties has enhanced her skills in ensuring that all children have access to the curriculum for excellence.
“It is such a privilege to be able to influence and teach young children at a very early point of their lives. I have seen first-hand the benefits of outdoor learning to all children, especially those who need further support as they find their own way to grow and develop as an
Paul is currently working in an engineering role with BT having completed a modern apprenticeship in telecommunications supported by Skills Development Scotland. Paul has always had a keen interest in conservation and the environment which led him to studying these subjects at Glasgow University and graduating with a degree in Geography.
“Since becoming a Dad of two it has really made me think about my own childhood and how it has shaped me as the person I am today. As a young boy all I ever wanted to do was explore the outdoor environment which surrounded me. Brought up in the middle of Edinburgh green space was limited but we were fortunate enough to have woods near us and this is where my young friends and I were often drawn to. In this environment it felt like we were free to do anything we wanted to, and we did but it was how we interacted with each other and what we learnt from the surroundings which really benefited us. The gang huts, tree swings and holes we dug will be long gone now but the social and practical skills as well the appreciation for the world around me is something that is with me today.
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