KIN Nature Kindergarten

A unique, award winning open air nursery for 2 - 5 year olds nestled in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside. Children at our kindergarten spend 5 hours a day outside - whatever the weather!

We are located 15mins drive from Abergavenny. We are a small setting registered for a maximum of 12 children per day. We offer two intakes per year - September and April. Enrolment Fee £125 - covers the provision of a set of high quality Scandinavian waterproofs, reusable stainless steel water bottle, kindergarten jute shopping bag and settling session. Day Rate - £40 (£8/hr)
Sibling Day Rate - £3

Operating as usual

15/07/2021

See you in September!

See you in September!

Photos from KIN Nature Kindergarten's post 26/06/2021

🐛September 2021 Enrolment🦋

We have limited places available on a Wednesday and Thursday for our September 2021 intake.

*Our next intake will be April 2022*

If you are interested in a space for your child, please message Sal to arrange a visit before the end of term.

14/06/2021

🐝SEPTEMBER 2021 ENROLMENT🦋

We are now enrolling children for our September intake. Join us on Monday 28th June for our next stay and play session
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/book-online

**Tuesdays are now full until at least April 2022**

Limited places still available on a Wednesday and Thursday

🐝SEPTEMBER 2021 ENROLMENT🦋

We are now enrolling children for our September intake. Join us on Monday 28th June for our next stay and play session
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/book-online

**Tuesdays are now full until at least April 2022**

Limited places still available on a Wednesday and Thursday

11/06/2021

🎉We are 2!🎉

Two years ago today we opened our gates to 3 children. It's been such an incredible time surviving the pandemic and welcoming many more families to KIN. Thank you for being with us on our journey.

KIN Nature Kindergarten updated their information in their About section. 21/05/2021

KIN Nature Kindergarten updated their information in their About section.

KIN Nature Kindergarten updated their information in their About section.

21/05/2021

🍂STAY & PLAY SESSIONS for September Intake🍁

If you are looking for a place in our September 2021 Intake you can now book to join one of our Stay and Play Sessions - happening this June.

These are group sessions for up to 6 families. They are an opportunity for you and your child to explore our unique setting and chat to our team about our approach and enrolment process.

Book your spot here:

https://www.kidsinnature.co.uk/book-online

🍂STAY & PLAY SESSIONS for September Intake🍁

If you are looking for a place in our September 2021 Intake you can now book to join one of our Stay and Play Sessions - happening this June.

These are group sessions for up to 6 families. They are an opportunity for you and your child to explore our unique setting and chat to our team about our approach and enrolment process.

Book your spot here:

https://www.kidsinnature.co.uk/book-online

17/05/2021

At our Nature Kindergarten, children spend 5 hours a day playing in 7 acres of organic woodland. This natural environment provides never ending opportunities for our children to develop their physical strength, mental resilience and connection with nature.

Our September 2021 Waiting List is OPEN. You can sign up here:

www.kidsinnature.co.uk/waiting-list

At our Nature Kindergarten, children spend 5 hours a day playing in 7 acres of organic woodland. This natural environment provides never ending opportunities for our children to develop their physical strength, mental resilience and connection with nature.

Our September 2021 Waiting List is OPEN. You can sign up here:

www.kidsinnature.co.uk/waiting-list

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13/05/2021

Unhurried Childhood

The heavy rain has brought the stream back to the kindergarten. The children know when to expect it and are always thrilled by its arrival.

We believe in passionately that children deserve unhurried, unstructured time in nature.

And so we stopped, to play.

This is The Nature of Childhood.

If you would like to find out more about our unique setting please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

Unhurried Childhood

The heavy rain has brought the stream back to the kindergarten. The children know when to expect it and are always thrilled by its arrival.

We believe in passionately that children deserve unhurried, unstructured time in nature.

And so we stopped, to play.

This is The Nature of Childhood.

If you would like to find out more about our unique setting please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 11/05/2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

🦋🐝🌲Mental Health Awareness Week

NATURE is the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness week. Studies have shown that spending time connecting with nature during the pandemic lockdown was one of people's top coping strategies.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week?utm_campaign=family_newsletter_110521&utm_medium=email&utm_source=family_newsletter

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 All you need to know for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, focusing on nature.

Photos from KIN Nature Kindergarten's post 10/05/2021

🌲Forest Foraging🌱

We were joined by the wonderful Liz Knight Forage Fine Foods in the forest today.

Understanding what is growing on our site is important as it will help us to connect to our environment in a more mindful and meaningful way.

I'm looking forward to sharing what I've discovered with the children when they return this week.

‘Let children play’: the educational message from across Europe 02/05/2021

‘Let children play’: the educational message from across Europe

‘Let children play’: the educational message from across Europe While approaches may differ, the importance of free time to play is increasingly being recognised

20/04/2021

This week is Wales Outdoor Learning week. This info graphic shows some of the many benefits of spending time outdoors.

Children at our kindergarten spend 5 hours a day outside - whatever the weather!
If you're interested in finding out more you can find our parents' guide here
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/enrolment

Our next intake is Sept 2021

This week is Wales Outdoor Learning week. This info graphic shows some of the many benefits of spending time outdoors.

Children at our kindergarten spend 5 hours a day outside - whatever the weather!
If you're interested in finding out more you can find our parents' guide here
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/enrolment

Our next intake is Sept 2021

15/04/2021

It's not always about mud and adventure, sometimes it's about rest, relaxation and connection.

We are passionate about giving children the time and space to connect to Nature and themselves. We believe in an unhurried childhood.

If you'd like to find out more about our unique Nature Kindergarten head over to our website
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/faqs

It's not always about mud and adventure, sometimes it's about rest, relaxation and connection.

We are passionate about giving children the time and space to connect to Nature and themselves. We believe in an unhurried childhood.

If you'd like to find out more about our unique Nature Kindergarten head over to our website
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/faqs

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22/03/2021

💥LATE AVAILABILITY💥

⚡️Some last minute places have become available for our April 2021 intake⚡️

If you would love your child to join us this Spring - it's not too late!

Contact Sal for more information.

19/03/2021

I've had lots of parents contacting me this week concerned about the children's mental health. They are at a loss how to handle their worry and anxiety that is being triggered with the going back to school, the mask-wearing and the general fear around it all. So... We have decided to open up our Positive Parenting online course for FREE to help parents navigate this.

This therapy based course will help you help your child navigate BIG emotions, anxiety, worry and fear, tricky friends, learn new communication skills and get that extra layer of support that you and they need.

EFT & NLP for kids, Kids yoga, breathing and meditations to help settle big emotions and pause unwanted thoughts.

Please pass this onto any parent or school that you think could benefit from this course!

LIMITED TIME OFFER - FREE

https://www.wigglebums.uk/store/p10/Postive_parenting_online_course.html

08/03/2021

*Coming Soon* Stay and Play sessions

🐝We are excited to announce our new monthly nature stay and play toddler sessions.🦋

If you are curious about our Nature Kindergarten or are already on our waiting list, these sessions are the ideal opportunity for you and your child to explore our magical woodland setting.

Dates to be confirmed as COVID guidelines ease.

Sign up at www.kidsinnature.co.uk to be the first to hear more!

*Coming Soon* Stay and Play sessions

🐝We are excited to announce our new monthly nature stay and play toddler sessions.🦋

If you are curious about our Nature Kindergarten or are already on our waiting list, these sessions are the ideal opportunity for you and your child to explore our magical woodland setting.

Dates to be confirmed as COVID guidelines ease.

Sign up at www.kidsinnature.co.uk to be the first to hear more!

25/02/2021

Audiogram ep1 (1)

🎙️Thank you Hannah - Nature Nurtures for inviting me to share the story of KIN.

19/02/2021

April 2021 Places Available!

🌸Spring Places Available🌸

Limited places have become available for our April 2021 intake.
If you have been thinking about enrolling your child at our unique outdoor kindergarten please get in touch.

These are the last few remaining places until SEPTEMBER 2021!

Contact Sal today to arrange a visit www.kidsinnature.co.uk/contact

18/02/2021

Playing outdoors supports your child's vision 👁️

When children play outside their eyes are exposed to wide spectrum natural light. This natural daylight helps to promote the healthy growth of the eye and reduces the chances of your child becoming short sighted. Playing outdoors also offers many opportunities for your child to look into and focus on objects in the distance which also helps to strengthen their vision. 🏞️

Playing outdoors supports your child's vision 👁️

When children play outside their eyes are exposed to wide spectrum natural light. This natural daylight helps to promote the healthy growth of the eye and reduces the chances of your child becoming short sighted. Playing outdoors also offers many opportunities for your child to look into and focus on objects in the distance which also helps to strengthen their vision. 🏞️

17/02/2021

Check your inbox!

APRIL 2021 Intake
If you joined our Waiting List or enquired about a place for your child for April 2021 please check your email.
(remember to also check your junk file)

Places will be allocated by 19th March 2021 and are in high demand.

Photos from KIN Nature Kindergarten's post 16/02/2021

Happy Pancake Day! 🥞

Call for 'summer of play' to help English pupils recover from Covid-19 stress 13/02/2021

Call for 'summer of play' to help English pupils recover from Covid-19 stress

“This letter is really a plea from us that children’s mental health and their right to play and have fun with their friends are not forgotten in a rush to catch them up to educational targets that adults have set for them."
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/13/call-for-summer-of-play-to-help-english-pupils-recover-from-covid-stress

Call for 'summer of play' to help English pupils recover from Covid-19 stress Exclusive: children should be having fun with friends instead of extra lessons, say experts

11/02/2021

Wow! we've had so many enquiries and people joining our waiting list for our next intake that I've had to close it!

Families signed up to the waiting list will be receiving details of kindergarten visits very soon.

If you made an enquiry about our April intake but didn't join the waiting list, we will notify you if a place becomes available.

❗️DON'T MISS OUT❗️

We are a small setting with only 12 places available each day. Our September 2021 waiting list is open and filling up quickly.
You can join here:
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/waiting-list

Not ready to sign up yet?
Enquire about a place here and I'll send you our parents' guide
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/admissions

Wow! we've had so many enquiries and people joining our waiting list for our next intake that I've had to close it!

Families signed up to the waiting list will be receiving details of kindergarten visits very soon.

If you made an enquiry about our April intake but didn't join the waiting list, we will notify you if a place becomes available.

❗️DON'T MISS OUT❗️

We are a small setting with only 12 places available each day. Our September 2021 waiting list is open and filling up quickly.
You can join here:
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/waiting-list

Not ready to sign up yet?
Enquire about a place here and I'll send you our parents' guide
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/admissions

09/02/2021

⚠️Waiting List Almost Full! ⚠️

Our Waiting list is currently open for families looking for a place in our April or September intake.

⭐We have had so many enquiries and families joining our waiting list that it is almost full for April⭐

We are a small setting with only 12 places per day. Places are now in high demand. Please get in touch for more information or follow this link to join our waiting list.
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/waiting-list

⚠️Waiting List Almost Full! ⚠️

Our Waiting list is currently open for families looking for a place in our April or September intake.

⭐We have had so many enquiries and families joining our waiting list that it is almost full for April⭐

We are a small setting with only 12 places per day. Places are now in high demand. Please get in touch for more information or follow this link to join our waiting list.
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/waiting-list

09/02/2021

👨‍👧Mixed age groups

The children attending our Kindergarten are aged 2-7 and they all play together. This is a more natural way for children to interact with each other rather than being grouped solely with children of their own age - much like would happen in a family.

In a mixed age group, older children are presented with opportunities that allow them to share knowledge and skills (teach) and also that require them to practice patience.

Younger children have the opportunity to observe and copy the actions of the older children; stretching their ambition and capabilities. This video shows a 2 year old copying a 6 year old.

Our maximum group size is 12 children with just 4 two year old places available each day. Because we encourage adventurous play, we have high adult:child ratios (1:4max)

Our Waiting list is now open for our APRIL and SEPT intakes
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/waiting-list

Photos from KIN Nature Kindergarten's post 04/02/2021

🌲What is a Nature Kindergarten?🦋

KIN Nature Kindergarten is different to traditional nurseries in a number of ways. At our Nature Kindergarten:

*Children spend 70-100% of their time outdoors - whatever the weather! 💦

*Nature provides the location, context & resources for learning.🌲

*Children play in mixed age groups - much like they would in a family.👨‍👧

*The children lead the way - we do not pre plan our activities, we prefer to respond to children and their ideas in real time. 💡💭

*Encourage adventurous play and risk taking. 🤸

We are registered with Care Inspectorate Wales to provide daycare for children aged 2 - 7.
Our passionate Early Years Practitioners bring a wealth of experience to our unique setting and are qualified in Montessori Teaching, Primary School Teaching, Forest School and Playwork.

Our next intake is April 2021. If you would like to find out more head to
www.kidsinnature.co.uk/admissions

30/01/2021

Imagine learning music without listening to a song.

This is how our society often approaches environmental education.

We want children to learn the weather cycles,
but are afraid they'll catch a cold in the rain.

We want to test them on monarch life-cycles, but don't give them time to look for a chrysalis on the undersides of milkweed leaves.

We ask children to learn about the water's current, but don't want them to jump in puddles.

We test them on depth, layers and soil composition without letting them get dirty.

We ask children to go through the seasons of life without ever feeling their flow.

Bonded, embodied emotion is an essential first step to knowledge acquisition. Mother Nature begs us to learn her first through hands and heart in deep human community before translating her through societal names, assessment and commodification.

From that authentic orientation, children will more confidently navigate towards their path. Some will resonate with the river, some with the meadow. Some will feel drawn towards herbs, some to oaks, some to mountains, fire, moss or snakes.

If nature is a supplement pulled & propped up behind, chained to its representation, we might soon find we are studying the shadow on the cave instead of life itself.

We may find we are suddenly adults blind to our purpose stumbling back to the coyote's call, the pill bug, the dirt. Back to the sweat, bones and raven's feather....back to the moon, hag stone, and singing stream - back to the real, raw version of ourselves.

More and more of us are illuminating this truth within and in turn demanding that our children are allowed to shift their perspective instead of required to sit and stare at its projection.

And it can happen. It WILL happen if we turn around, look and walk back into the sunshine together. ~ Yours, Nicolette 💚

Art by Claudia Tremblay
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Our story

KIN Nature Kindergarten is the first outdoor pre school setting in Monmouthshire. You will discover it nestled in the beautiful countryside in the village of White Castle between Abergavenny and Monmouth.

The desire to open a Nature Kindergarten in South Wales was born more than 8 years ago when I visited the Nature Kindergartens of Norway. I am passionate about giving children the childhood they deserve and believe that this is best done by allowing them the space and time to connect to their natural environment.

My name is Sal and I am the Founder of KIN Nature Kindergarten. I have over 14 years experience of working with children. I am a qualified Primary School Teacher, Level 3 Forest School Leader and Skogsmulle Leader. I hold a Level 3 diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I also hold Level 2 Food Hygiene (outdoor emphasis), Level 3 Paediatric First Aid and Forest School First Aid qualifications.

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Kindergarten sessions 9.30 - 2.30 Tues / Weds / Thurs £35

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Unnamed Road
Abergavenny
NP7 8UD

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9:30am - 2:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 2:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 2:30pm
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