We’re getting ready for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) registration week 22 to 28 January 2024 – at MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery. Weather, beasties, washing, we’ve compiled a MAKI Pups Guide to Registration Week and a handy list of FAQs from the questions we regularly hear from families. 


Why choose MAKI Pups?

At MAKI Pups outdoor nursery we are passionate about the positive impact, both physically and emotionally, that being outdoors can have on even our youngest children. 

We want the best for our children as they start on their journey into lifelong learning and strongly believe that our outdoor environment will provide children with the opportunity to grow, learn and develop in to young people and adults who care for, respect and appreciate their world and everything in it. 

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What's our vision?

To provide the first fully outdoor nursery in Mid-Argyll.

We work with 3 - 5 year-olds, and their families, from Lochgilphead and the surrounding area to develop an appreciation and ownership of their natural environment, the ability to understand and enjoy the adventures and challenges that outdoor learning offers, and to work with partners and the community to encourage intergenerational learning and shared opportunities.

At MAKI Pups Outdoor Nursery children will be responsible for making decisions about their learning using resources from the world around them and a wide range of open-ended loose parts play. The children will be supported in their learning by qualified and experienced practitioners who will use floor books and online journals to document and record learning. 

Our team uses the Curriculum for Excellence and other national framework and documentation to provide a curriculum based on the seven design principles and promoting inclusion for all.

Our location - Kilmory Gardens, Lochgilphead

Our nursery is situated in beautiful Kilmory Walled Garden, adjacent to Argyll and Bute Council’s headquarters. The garden is a treasure trove of well-established plants and trees with a range of spaces waiting to be explored and enjoyed included established woodland, open lawn, an avenue of trees, and an enclosed area with raised beds.

The site is owned by Argyll and Bute Council who will maintain and improve existing facilities and provide a new “hobbit house” shelter and water-less toilets. 

This beautiful site provides our children with opportunities to explore discover and learn in a safe environment. We encourage the children to care for our environment and hope that this respect and responsibility will carry on out with the nursery site in to the wider community and beyond. 

Our team

We have assembled a great team of nursery practitioners with a wealth and variety of experience. Find out more about our team members in our Meet the Team section here

The team is led by our Nursery Manager, Erin Kennedy. If you would like to chat or need further information about anything please get in touch with Erin by email: [email protected] or telephone: 07741582560
Erin Kennedy, Nursery Manager

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