Little Bugs at Fordell Firs
Little Bugs at Fordell Firs is set within the Scouting Adventure Site in Fordell Firs, Hillend, Dunfermline.
Our base camp is a secure 1700 square foot enchanted forest full of areas to explore and play. Our base camp activities include our water wall, loose parts play area, mud kitchen and many more.
Our 18ft Dragonfly Yurt is a cosy space for us to warm up on those chilly winter days and to relax during the warmer months.
Our log cabin is home to our changing and toilet areas. The log cabin also provides us with an outdoor kitchen and outdoor cloakroom.
If we aren’t in our base camp you will find us exploring the 43 acres of woodland and adventure areas that Fordell Firs has to offer.
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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