A muddy garden helps children at an Aberdeen nursery explore the outdoors, inspectors have said.
Monitors from the Care Inspectorate watchdog visited the nursery at Hazlehead Primary School on Provost Graham Avenue, Hazlehead, on January 20 and have now published their inspection report.
The nursery staff can look after up to 40 children aged three to five at any one time.
Inspectors awarded the nursery a “very good” rating for care, support and the environment – the second best of six possible ratings it can give.
“Staff were very aware of the benefits of children playing and learning outdoors,” said the report.
The report into the Hazlehead nursery added: “Direct access from the playroom to a secure outdoor play area allowed children to play outdoors daily.
“Children enjoyed the muddy garden where they could explore their natural surroundings.
“We joined children in the muddy garden and observed them directing their own play, exploring and benefitting from risky play.”