Stramash welcomes parents and children to open day

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Children and parents donned their wet weather gear and headed down to Stramash outdoor nursery in Fort William for their annual open day last Friday.

The event gave families the chance to visit the nursery, meet the team and hear more about what they do at their base at the old BA club.

Stramash team leader, Cameron Sprague, explained: ‘Stramash operates open days for a variety of reasons. Mainly we want to give families who are thinking about sending their children to our nursery the opportunity to meet some of the team and see the nursery site.

‘The other reason we hold open days is to welcome in members of the community who are interested in learning more about what we actually do!’

Visitors to the open day made the most of the wet weather. NO F32 Stramash 01

Cameron said that outdoor learning is becoming a more widely recognised education resource for all children and he is pleased that there is now growing support for outdoor learning from the Scottish Government.

Erin Kennedy enjoyed a tour of the Stramash grounds. NO F32 Stramash 02

‘Families in Fort William are incredibly lucky to have the early learning choices that have been provided by Highland Council and others like ourselves,’ he continued. ‘To truly understand what the Stramash nursery community has to offer, we believe you need to see it first hand.’

The open day allows for children to gets hands-on with all of the outdoor equipment at the centre as well as getting to know the team members.

‘I personally feel that a lot of people don’t fully understand what an outdoor nursery is and this gives them the chance to hear about it straight from us.

‘We were so pleased to have a mix of parents, community members, and even some staff from a nursery in Inverness who wanted to take a look last Friday.

‘We look forward to hopefully hosting even more people at future open days as well.’