MCCI launch nursery project

MCCI community garden in Methilhill
MCCI community garden in Methilhill

A children’s group in Methilhill is launching an innovative new nursery project at their brand new community garden site.

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative (MCCI) will be running the project, called ‘Nature Nursery’ from September.

Ahead of the launch, the group will be running an enrolment afternoon this Saturday, August 30 for interested parents.

The group believes the project to be unique to Scotland, and the first to bring an outdoor learning experience for pre-school children to the centre of an industrial ex-mining community.

Nature Nursery will focus on promoting ‘natural play and a curiosity for learning’ with a unique curriculum centred around nature.

It is open to pre-school children aged from two and a half years will run all day on Tuuesdays and Thursdays 50 weeks of the year, with the option for children to attend for a 1/2 day session.

Shirley Faichney from MCCI said: “Although the concept of an outdoor nursery is not new - and indeed much research has been published in recent years highlighting the benefits of allowing children access to outdoor play - we do not know of any such projects based in urban areas.

“Natural, outdoor play is a key factor in building strong, resilient children and this project combines that with a nature based curriculum promoting learning in key areas via seasonal activities. The project offers a wonderful opportunity for young children to play and learn in a peaceful, safe environment.”

Any parents interested in bringing their children along are invited to attend an information and enrolment afternoon at the Community Learning Garden, just down from Methilhill Primary School on Sea Road on Saturday between 1.00 - 3.00 p.m.

Anyone who would like more information can email