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Our first site of Little Green Rascals is housed in a beautiful historic farmhouse on the outskirts of Elvington in York – set in 0.6 acres of land. This land hosts two large adventure gardens, one to the rear and one the front of the property. These gardens have been landscaped to include sensory areas, our own organic kitchen garden and plenty of space for rascals to play and let their imaginations run wild. In addition to the strategic planting we have also ensured there is plenty to do - musical instruments, two mud kitchens, two playhouses, swings, balance beams, tunnels, a train and even a pirate ship – all made of natural resources.
At Elvington we have the added bonus of the exclusive use of York Maze (out of peak season) and our own private woodland of 13 acres, Winn Wood – you can be sure that we offer the best outside space of any nursery in York and we are confident to call ourselves an outdoor Forest School nursery.
Our second nursery is on Tadcaster Road, York. It is a wonderful building that overlooks York Racecourse, and like our nursery in Elvington, it has a spacious garden to the rear.
This, too, has a kitchen garden, growing fresh herbs and vegetables that make their way into our weekly menus. We have a large grassed area and also a levelled soft rubber surface, where the children can ride their bikes and scooters. We have outdoor chalk boards, for mark making, and of course, a mud kitchen. Our rascals are not averse to getting their hands mucky and are regularly involved in the planting and up-keep of the gardens!
Both our nurseries gardens are also home to our chickens, guinea pigs and array of wildlife which we encourage to thrive with specific plants and shrubs. We have two terraced areas, offering the opportunity to play outdoors in all weather conditions, whilst providing the space for den making and other exciting activities.
For your child’s safety, our outdoor space is checked daily by a member of the team before the children enter – using detailed checklist devised by our Health & Safety Manager and is also checked annually by ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). For a very interesting article on the benefits of outdoor play (risk vs danger) - click here