Open to all early years practitioners in Scotland
Funded by the Scottish Government and
delivered by Living Classrooms

Scottish Virtual Nature School is an innovative response to challenges caused by the pandemic. The project has 2 unique elements:

1. To equip early years practitioners with skills to work outdoors with young children through nature-based, inquiry-led learning

2. To provide children with fun, engaging daily provocations and virtual interaction with their peers while at home.

Benefits of Scottish Virtual Nature School

  • Develop skills required to work outdoors with children wherever you work
  • Engage with a virtual community of nature-based practitioners working with children across Scotland for about 1 hour a day for 8 weeks
  • Increase and develop your understanding and practice through nature-based pedagogies in 3 x 1-hour training sessions with Dr Claire Warden and 30-minute group reflection sessions each day
  • Receive acknowledgement as the training forms part of your continuous professional development (CPD) - multiple certificates available
  • Maintain relationships - Young children will have the opportunity to virtually interact with their teachers and friends on a daily basis through joint outdoor adventures at home or in setting
  • Engage in open-ended, nature-based inquiries created by them - The daily provocations have been created with children at Auchlone Nature Kindergarten and their friends in the Virtual Nature School
  • Positive memories - Collated by them and for them in a memory book to take into their setting
  • Empowerment - Children’s voices and ideas drive the eight-week experience
  • Feel supported within a playful, nature-based programme for 8 weeks
  • Less screen time for children as they spend more time being outdoors and creative
  • Happy and active children who want to be involved in the challenges
  • Re-assurance that children are engaged and supported

How to join Scottish Virtual Nature School

Early years practitioners from all over Scotland are invited and encouraged to join this initiative by clicking the button below. Each practitioner who joins can then invite their families and children to join them in the virtual classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)