Cultivating Fun at Kidderminster's Little Trinity Nursery

Children have been busy at Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster sowing seeds and planting all sorts of vegetables and flowers in the Nursery's very own raised bed garden.

Located on the Birmingham Road, Little Trinity's garden is a long-established year-round activity from spring planting through to harvest and winter sowing, with the children growing all kinds of vegetables, flowers and herbs and producing an increasing selection of plants each year.

Nursery Manager, Gaynor Carter, said: "Sowing seeds and then watching them grow in the nursery's garden is a wonderful way to introduce the children to the wonder of the natural world.

"Vegetables planted, we've also grown sunflowers this time and we've decided to do a growing competition for the children over the coming months so that children at home can take part and join in with the activities we're doing within nursery. They can plant and monitor their plants as we do ours each week and they can then send in their photographs, which we'll than add to our social media pages so that they can see themselves alongside children at nursery and hopefully still feel connected!"

As part of the Nursery's daily Early Years personal, social and emotional development activities, the children are encouraged to investigate using touch, smell and taste to help with their understanding of their surroundings and of the world in which they live; gardening is an activity in which the children, no matter how young with supervision can actively take part, watering the plants as they grow.

Added Gaynor: "Exploring and developing practical skills through play, using garden tools, trowels and forks, and then watering their newly planted seeds is a learning activity which is fun and one that all our children enjoy, particularly when it's time to harvest the fruit and vegetables, as these are then tried and eaten at Nursery or taken home to share with their families."