Last year's winners were Hope Nursery in Belfast, and the initiative has totally transformed their outdoor space and changed the way they approach outdoor learning.
The campaign, supported by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts consists of a free activity pack, giving nurseries and pre-schools educational activity resources. Nurseries will also have the opportunity to apply for an award of £20,000. The pack follows the Early Years Foundation Stage development goals and contains six activity session plans that provide stimulating learning opportunities with the theme of Dora the Explorer’s adventures. The themes for this year’s pack are: Cooking, Sports Day, Fairy Tales, Animals, Seaside and Music.
So if you know of a nursery or pre-school who you think would like to be involved, point them in the direction of the website to apply for a registration pack. Entries are open until 22nd July 2011.