Where learning comes naturally

Barnsley's first outdoor nursery

We offer a unique outdoor learning experience where children can have adventures every day and experience all that nature can teach them, in a happy, secure environment.

We play in mud. We jump in puddles. We plant seeds and eat home grown food. We make friends with pigs and chickens. We climb trees. We have lots of fun. We make memories.

When children are given these opportunities to play outdoors, they have the space, time and freedom to learn actively and naturally. They make friends of different ages and learn from each other. They learn respect for one another and the environment and begin to understand their emotions and how to control them, with the support of caring, knowledgeable adults. They discover how to calculate risks, solve problems and make decisions, which builds confidence and self-esteem.

When children interact with nature they develop a sense of happiness and well-being that has now been scientifically proven.

Our vision for the future, by giving children these experiences, is that they will grow into responsible, respectful human beings, capable and creative, in sustaining our world for future generations.

A place to learn and play in a truly natural way

Our base on Wigfield Farm provides an endless range of exciting opportunities for children to experience, set across three large garden areas and two enclosed poly-tunnels, with heating, electricity and running water as well as toilet facilities.

From this secure base, we have unlimited access to the farm itself and nearby woodland areas. Children learn from an abundance of natural resources, as the seasons change.Our learning resources may include trees and hay bales for climbing; sand and mud for digging and building; a pond, bug hotel and planting area for learning about nature and endless opportunities for creative and imaginative play. The children are free to explore and discover all that nature can offer them, whilst being cared for by our experienced staff, as they develop and grow at their own pace.

Our day

Breakfast club

Our breakfast club runs between 08.00 and 09.00. Children can start the day with porridge, bread and butter, fruit and milk, before beginning their adventurous play.

Morning

During the morning, children will choose whether to stay in the nursery grounds to play, visit the animals, play in the wood or explore in Worsborough Country Park.

Play will involve digging, climbing, building, exploring, planting, cooking,making and creating. We will follow the children’s interests, support them int heir learning, ensure they learn how to keep themselves and each other safe.

Fresh fruit and vegetables will be on offer and a hot snack, cooked with the children, on cold days.

Lunchtime

Lunch time will be eaten on the nursery site or as a picnic in the local countryside. A healthy packed lunch will be required, as being outside all day uses lots of energy and we need to ensure children have food they enjoy most.

Afternoon

The afternoon may be spent building bridges across the stream and making boats; den building, mini-beast hunts, being dinosaurs or making fairy homes.

Home time

Home time is 4:30pm. This period will be spent on the nursery site enabling the children to carry on with play or relax in a hammock, reading stories or chatting with their friends.

The nursery closes at 5:30pm.

About us

Growing Wild Outdoor Nursery was set up in 2019 by experienced nursery leaders, Janet and Lindsey. It is the realisation of a shared dream to give children the best start in life by being free to play in a natural environment.

Lindsey is passionate about children being in and learning from the natural world. She has worked in the outdoors for the past 20 years, initially in countryside management and conservation, leading groups of adult volunteers on practical and working with schools. Slowly her work lead her to train as a forest school practitioner in 2005 which inspired her to set up her own business (Growing Wild) so she could focus full time on supporting children to make a connection with the great outdoors.

Following the birth of her youngest child, Lindsey trained as a childminder and cared for children five years and under, spending a large proportion of their days outside. For the past three years, Lindsey has worked as an early years’ practitioner at an outdoor nursery in Sheffield.

Lindsey has two young children and with them and her partner she enjoys camping, cycling, playing on rope swings and cooking on campfires.

Janet is committed to providing the best possible opportunities for children, including two of her own.

She loves to travel and has visited many countries, renowned for raising happy, confident children, such as Denmark and Iceland and wants to use this knowledge in creating her own nursery.

She has over 20 years’ experience in Early Years, working in schools, nurseries and universities, as well as forest schools and provides consultancy and training in play and learning outdoors.

Her passion has always been to give children the space, time and freedom to play and to provide the experiences that will enable them to grow into confident and creative individuals who will care for each other and for the world they live in.

Our staff

Katharine Halsted

Katharine enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her 3 year old son. They love splashing in puddles, finding bugs, digging in dirt and looking at wildlife.  They also like to spend time at the beach and swimming.

Katharine has as a degree in Playwork and a level 3 in Childcare and Education she has taken part in many placements in the community, youth settings, nurseries and alongside childminders. Katharine during her degree realised that children benefit from a different approach, an approach that includes risk and challenge and the freedom to play and learn in their own way. She used these skills while working at an after schools club to implement working with tools and ensuring children chose their own play.

 

 

 

Jenni Priestly

Jenni is as a  qualified Primary School Teacher but has always been interested in early years and learning through play. She is a big lover of the outdoors, whether playing out in the garden, walking the dog in the Peak District or spending time at the coast with family she is happiest when outside exploring! She enjoys being creative with arts and crafts and looks forward to combining this passion with objects from the natural world at Growing Wild Nursery.

 

Jane Wratten

Jane started her professional life as a landscape architect, working as a community designer on environmental projects in Birmingham. Realising that improving school and nursery grounds was the area that interested her most, she then trained and worked as a primary school teacher, gaining a real insight as to how schools actually function.  As well as Growing Wild, Jane now works part time as an education consultant and designer with schools and nursery settings to help bring about effective play and learning outdoors.

Having two boys of her own (now 16 and 18) and a very messy garden where they have had lots of fun over the years, Jane is convinced of how valuable it is in this age of organised activities and electronic entertainment  to let children discover the outdoor environment for themselves in a free, creative and open-ended way.

In her spare time, Jane loves walking, camping, gardening, baking cakes, going to pubs, dressing up and dancing….!

Lindsey Bielby
Janet Packer
Katharine Halsted
Jenni Priestly
Jane Wratten

Further Information

Owners:
Janet and Lindsey
Person in charge:
Janet and Lindsey
Local Authority / Social Services:
Barnsley
Number of Staff:
5
Service Offered:
Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care
Total Places for Children:
20
Age Range:
From 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months
Opening Days:
Monday – Thursday
Opening Hours:
8am – 5:30pm
When Closed:
Bank Holidays, 1 week in the summer and 2 weeks at Christmas
Fees Guide:
See FAQs

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Numbers, location etc.
Wigfield Farm, Haverlands Lane,Worsbrough, Barnsley S70 5N

Directions:
Located at Wigfield Farm, Haverlands Lane, Worsbrough, Barnsley S70 5N.

On arrival, turn in to Wigfield Farm and drive to the bottom of the car park.