Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Anger at plans for Angus outdoor nursery, complete with fire pit, during building refurb

Letham Primary School in Angus. Dougie Nicolson / DCT Media.
Letham Primary School in Angus. Dougie Nicolson / DCT Media.

Pre-school children in a Tayside nursery will have to attend sessions outdoors for around five months while builders refashion their building.

Families in the Angus village of Letham are shocked youngsters are being asked to stay outside for the duration of a building project between mid-March and mid-August this year.

Letham Primary School and its attached nursery is being refashioned as part of a Scotland-wide expansion in early years’ classes.

One relative of a pupil at the nursery, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “This is ludicrous.”

“I’ve never heard of anything like it before. Wind, rain, snow… all the elements and these kids have to have nursery outside.

“They’ve been told to wear three layers and they will be given a rain coat. The school has said they will build them a firepit, but that just doesn’t cut it.”

She said she was worried about safeguarding the children given they will be left “out the front in all weather for everyone to see.”

“I’m really annoyed about this. The parents don’t seem to want to speak out and are just taking it, but I don’t know how anyone could be happy about this,” she added.

Outdoor education is becoming increasingly popular in many schools and nurseries across Scotland with some outdoor-only nurseries heavily subscribed and the learning method well-regarded by experts.

Parents of young people at those nurseries, however, have made a decision to education their child in this way.

An Angus Council spokeswoman said a full decant of the nursery had been advised in order for building works to commence.

She added: “We have been considering options for the nursery class.

“We have therefore decided to use the decant requirement as an opportunity to further invest in the early learning and childcare provision in Letham and launch an outdoor nursery within the grounds of the school.”

Planning is well under way, she added.

She said: “Our central early years team is supporting the school to put in place all of the necessary resources in collaboration with the Care Inspectorate and Thrive Outdoors, including shelters, heating, warm clothing and various other outdoor resources.”

She added there were “well-known benefits” of early learning and childcare classes being held outdoors, including improved health and well-being.

Parents met with staff at the end of the January to discuss the plan, she added.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]