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Highland Wildlife Park to run another nursery taster session

By Tom Ramage

Following the success of the first taster session in June, Highland Wildlife Park are to run a second outdoor nursery taster session.

In conjunction with key partners, Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) and Inspiring Scotland, the session will assess potential interest for alternative models of childcare at the park.

Fun at the pond
Fun at the pond

The open day will take place on Sunday, August 18 from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

"Children of all ages are welcome to attend the session, which is primarily aimed at the 2-5 year age group, though all must be accompanied by an adult throughout," said Suzanne Scott, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's head of discovery and learning.

Participants will be able to take part in a range of fun activities in the Park’s Wildlife Garden, including pond dipping, den building, mini beast hunting and much more. From this location, they may also be able to see the park’s Bactrian camels and white lipped deer, alongside a range of native Scottish birds and insects.

Parents will be able to see examples of equipment that would be available for future sessions, including waterproofs, handwashing facilities and changing facilities.

Discounted entry will be available for families joining in the taster session, with a free child entry for every full paying adult. Parking is available for the sessions outside the main gated area.

“We are very much looking forward to assessing the potential interest for nursery sessions in our wildlife garden, which is a wonderful setting and location for early learning, outdoor activities and fun exploration," said Ms Scott. "We hope that the second open day will prove an even bigger success than the first and look forward to welcoming as many families as possible to our August session.”

Jaci Douglas, chief executive of CALA said: “We are really looking at how we can all work together to ensure services for children meet the needs of families as well as the child and are flexible, accessible, affordable and most of all high quality – the proposals for the park are really exciting and we are very keen to hear everyone’s views.”

More info: Emily Stokes, project manager, e.stokes@calachildcare.co.uk or contact the CALA team office on: 01463 222 569.

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