Through using free play and allowing children from all ages to explore. We are encouraging
children to use their powers of observation, judgement, invention and application
which all aids in their future learning process. It builds for confident and emotionally
In our garden the children are encouraged to explore nature by planting and nurturing
those plants, guddling in the mud looking for creepy crawlies. Children play in our
garden meadow using their imagination or climbing and building in the pebble pit.
The garden and playroom experience offers core mathematical and literacy concepts
which the children will use in their adult life.
Work with the parents
We take a Freirian approach in our groups, which encourage parents to share their
stories and experiences, as well as talking about the issues facing them every day.
This is done in a very relaxed and informal way. Through talking parents begin to
discover that their story/ experiences are similar to others and they begin to realise
they are not alone and support one another.
Most of the groups running offer cooperative activities where people learn respect
for one another and are encouraged in raising their consciousness which will give
them a better understanding of their lives and the ability to transform those lives
if they want to. For many parents it’s about gaining a better quality of life and
being able to take control through encouragement, confidence and empowerment. Adults
are encouraged to learn from their experiences and talking with one another. Knowledge
is a social contact of feelings, emotions, memory and affects.
Through attending the centre parents are given the opportunity for help with any
issue and access to other services within Midlothian Sure Start and various other
In the Playroom/garden
We take a Froebal perspective which encourages the child to use their environment
as a learning experience in particular the outside. This helps the child to see the
connection between themselves and the natural life. By allowing the children to explore
on all levels from a very early age, they are developing all their senses and encouraging
free independent actions as they learn through play.