Edinburgh & Midlothian’s first outdoor nursery is fully established, and caters for children aged 3 – 5 years. Based on the Forest School approach and set within Dalkeith Country Park, the children spend most of the day outside enjoying a unique experience and education.
We are open from 7.30am-6pm Monday – Friday 51 weeks of the year only closing over Christmas and New Year.
Treetops is a branch of Chapter One Childcare which is a chain of nurseries within Edinburgh and North Yorkshire. Chapter One Childcare firmly believes in the benefits of outdoor learning and this is where Treetops inspiration comes from.
The children connect with nature; get the fresh air and exercise they need; develop their communication, imagination and thinking skills; build their confidence and resilience; and, most importantly, have lots of fun.
The children take part in a huge variety of activities, such as building dens, making leaf pictures, creating fantasy worlds, cooking in mud kitchens, and caring for the environment, as well as having plenty of opportunity for free exploration of the woodland alongside experienced child-centred staff. The teaching staff are very well qualified, with a passion for outdoor learning, and understand how to cover all areas of the curriculum for excellence in an exciting hands-on way that children love.
We believe outdoors is the best place for children to learn and develop. Treetops Outdoor Nursery provides children with the opportunity to spend their nursery days in the natural environment, experiencing the seasons first hand and developing their innate curiosity and love of learning.