Where Children Thrive Outdoors

There has never been a better time for your child to be outdoors. Willow Den offers high-quality early learning and childcare for children aged three years to school age in a range of unique outdoor nursery settings across Scotland.

Welcome to Willow Den

Willow Den Outdoor Nurseries are uniquely designed for children aged 3 years to school age.

Our aim is simple, we want all parents in Scotland to be able to choose an outdoor nursery experience for their children. That’s why we created Willow Den. We have bold plans for outdoor nurseries in a range of locations. Our nurseries are safe yet exciting, where children can connect with nature, in green spaces close to home.

We believe outdoor play is a life-enhancing experience, that’s why we want all of Scotland’s children to thrive outdoors.

Our practitioners will skillfully support your child to explore, experiment, research, and master new skills. At Willow Den we will support your child to be healthy, happy, and resilient; to form friendships, to learn vital skills, and to have fun.

Learning outdoors in the natural environment enables children to follow their curiosity and to develop their knowledge and skills across the entire early level curriculum. Research clearly and consistently identifies outdoor play as vital to emotional, physical, and mental health and well-being and critical to all aspects of childhood learning and development.

Whether located in an urban or rural area, Willow Den nurseries will give your child the opportunity to learn in nature and from nature.

Together, we are Willow Den.

“Of all the paths in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”

John Muir Naturalist

INSPIRING SCOTLAND. Willow Den, Spartans, Ainslie Park, Edinburgh, Sept 21. © Malcolm Cochrane Photography +44 (0)7971 835 065 mail@malcolmcochrane.co.uk No syndication No reproduction without permission

Why Outdoors?

Willow Den aims to embed outdoor play and learning into the fabric of Scottish life so that all of Scotland’s children can thrive outdoors.

Nursery Locations

Each Willow Den nursery is unique, connecting children to the outdoors whether it’s in the middle of a city, a local beach or a country park.

Fees & Funding

At Willow Den, we are committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity and access to affordable, high-quality learning and education.

Little girl is in the wood. She is looking at a plastic bug through a magnifying glass

Are you looking for childcare
in North Edinburgh?

Willow Den is working with Spartans Community Football Academy to bring a unique, outdoor nursery experience for children aged 3 years to school age. The nursery is located the heart of Pilton, North Edinburgh.

What will the Willow Den outdoor nursery at Spartans look like?

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If you can spare a couple of minutes, we would love to know your thoughts on outdoor nurseries and learning.

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Three children are dressed in warm coats and hats as they play outdoors. They are exploring a burn and each holding sticks

Join the Team!

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to be a part of our expanding team. Be the first to know about the latest exciting opportunities at Willow Den.

We’re Hiring

“If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs

Nicolette Sowder