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forest education dunblane

Education practices across the world strive to create confident, intelligent and motivated little learners.  However, to measure the progress of our children, standardised tests are often used which don’t take into account their emotional, social and physical skills and abilities. We have found 5 inspirational ideas from nurseries across the world that are making a difference, including community building in Japan, environmental education in Sweden and lunch time routines in France.

Learning responsibility in nursery, Japan

Young children in Japan are learning a practice called O-Soji (cleaning time) to teach children to respect the space around them. Day nursery education encourages children to pick up after themselves, to clean the nursery and to serve each other food. This practice emphasises collective responsibility and independence, showing children how to be respectful and considerate in their daily lives.

nursery education at happitots

Nature education in nursery, Germany and Sweden

Taking the learning outdoors, forest education teaches children to appreciate nature. Going to forest kindergarten, children hear stories about the environment and use natural resources in their play (you can read the full report here). Back indoors, children can continue using these natural experiences. Dunblane Nature Kindergarten encourages their children to explore the use of real tools and natural materials.

forest education dunblane

Planned lunch time, France

In France, the government is creating a daily menu for nurseries with the help of leading dietitians. A typical lunch in French nurseries has a cabbage and tomato salad for a starter. Then a course of roast beef, potatoes and baked tomatoes with a side of cheese (of course). And to finish, a kiwi for dessert. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and come from local farms. At Happitots Bishopbriggs we create our menu every week with vegan and vegetarian options available to every child. We believe that meal-times should be a happy, relaxed time where children learn social skills, manners, good hygiene practice, and healthy eating habits to last them a lifetime.

Family and education, Finland

Spending quality time with family is very important in Finland.  The government supports families by giving flexible parental leave and work schemes designed to give parents more time with their kids. At home, families spend time talking, cooking, reading and playing outdoors together. This helps build children’s confidence, self-esteem and important life skills. Families are the best teachers in Finland.

Attending nursery, UK

Almost all children in the UK go to nursery. In other countries, far fewer children go to nursery. In the US less that 70% of 4 year olds go to a day nursery. They spend time socialising, learning valuable life skills and enjoying a variety of experiences. Quality experiences at a young age boost their start to life.  At Happitots nurseries, we provide a play-based education to teach our children literacy, numeracy, health and well-being and much more.



Dear families,

We are pleased to share with you our exciting plans for the future of our nurseries. Bertram Nursery Group has provided a trusted, caring and quality service to thousands of families over two decades.  That isn’t changing, but we want to grow and develop our services, facilities and, most of all, our teams who make our nurseries and kindergartens such inspiring places for children.

That’s why we’re changing our name to Thrive Childcare and Education, because that’s at the heart of what we’re about – helping our children, staff and communities to thrive.

While changing our company name and the names of some of our nurseries is the next step of our development journey, we’ll still have the same dedicated teams caring for your children.

The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced our belief that we need to adapt and invest in a constantly changing world to continue providing the service that parents and children need, tailored to the communities we support across Scotland and North West England.

Since our foundation, we have acquired some fantastic groups of nurseries and many high-quality independent nurseries. Now we are uniting them under four Thrive groupings:

  • Happitots nurseries will extend beyond Glasgow and South Lanarkshire to provide a network of affordable, flexible nurseries across Scotland.
  • Holyrood nurseries will extend more widely across our network of affordable nurseries in North West England, recognising parents’ and community needs.
  • Corner House nurseries will now extend from Edinburgh to operate more widely across Scotland, providing an extensive range of exciting, extracurricular activities and large outdoor areas.
  • Nature Kindergartens, our new sub-group, will reflect our vision to develop children’s outdoor learning. We plan to expand our Nature Kindergartens network in Scotland and England because we believe children’s learning is greatly enhanced in natural spaces.


Click here to visit Thrive Childcare and Education Website