How we play

Outdoor learning, emotional wellbeing, and science experiments are at the heart of our childcare. The children also enjoy more focussed activities on early literacy and mathematical concepts.

Children garden planting.

Our children's voices

Hear the thoughts of our children about their play at the Psychology Kindergarten.

Our children's voices

Your child’s emotional wellbeing

Our children engage in mindfulness sessions to explore their emotions, to understand other people’s feelings and develop a resilient attitude. They learn how breathing exercises can help them to focus and think.

They enjoy music sessions with our musician Yvonne from Colourstrings where they can learn about different musical instruments, practice rhythms as well as movement coordination.
The children enjoy the chance to explore classical music such as Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ or Saint Saens’s ‘The Carnival of Animals’.

We also use illustrations from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to help them explore the link between the music and visual art.

Exploratory play

We strongly believe in exploratory play, allowing children to engage in play with natural elements. We encourage our children to explore all their senses to discover and test the objects’ properties, what happens when they are manipulated, what they represent, and how they can be used creatively.

This allows children to engage in less structured, open-ended activities in which they learn to think critically, and discover new ideas through trial and error.

Outdoor learning

There is a growing body of research1 illustrating that young children’s access to nature and outdoor play is linked to improved self-esteem, physical health, development of language skills and increased learning.

We believe in continuously extending the outdoor learning provision in our setting to offer all the children more possibilities to explore nature, develop a sense of wonder, and test their emotional and physical boundaries while assessing the risks.

Our campus facilities provide the perfect setting for children to investigate nature, by having fun walking in the woods and around the lochs. Children and carers also have access to a designated area for growing potted fruit, flowers and vegetables. These activities are aided by advice from our very own University of Stirling gardeners.

1Davis, Julie M. (2009) Revealing the research 'hole' of early childhood education for sustainability: a preliminary survey of the literature. Environmental Education Research, 15(2), pp. 227-241.

Science and mathematical concepts

Children are intuitive scientists eager to make sense of our world. Introducing science activities into the early years’ curriculum helps children to develop an inquisitive mind. Children enjoy observing and understanding the properties of some objects, the effect of forces, making predictions, testing their ideas and developing explanations.

Contact us

For any queries please contact the Psychology Kindergarten Manager, Federica Caruso