The Garden Outdoor Preschool

The Garden Preschool

Ballyfoyle, Kilkenny

Kilkenny’s First OutDoor PreSchool will open on August 31st, 2015. Kilkenny’s first Pre-School dedicated to learning and developing in the outdoors. Sessions from 930-1230 weekdays as per Primary School calendar.     NOW BOOKING


Exposure to natural environments improves children’s cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills (Pyle, 2002).

Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and benefit treatment of numerous health conditions (Kahn, 1999).

Nature buffers the impact of life’s stresses on children and helps them deal with adversity. The greater the amount of nature exposure, the greater the benefits (Wells & Evans, 2003).

An affinity to and love of nature, along with a positive environmental ethic, grow out of regular contact with and play in the natural world during early childhood (Chawla, 1998; Sobel, 1996, 2002, 2004; Wilson, 1997; Moore & Cosco, 2000; Kals et al, 1999, 2003).

Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of imagination and the sense of wonder (Cobb, 1977; Louv, 1991).

Wonder is an important motivator for life long learning (Wilson, 1997).

Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other (Moore, 1986).

Natural environment stimulate social interactions between children (Moore, 1986; Bixler et al, 2002).