Queen Margaret Children’s University has been working with both primary and secondary schools and learning destinations throughout both Midlothian and East Lothian.
Aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence they aim to raise aspirations, enrich the learning experience, boost achievement and foster a love of learning, so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests, regardless of the background into which they were born.
Recognising that children need a range of different opportunities and that not all learning needs to be school focused.
Their vision is to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged 5-14 and engage the wider communities like Berwick Holiday Park as learning partners.
On hearing about the Queen Margaret Children’s University programme Berwick’s on site Park Ranger, Brian O’Brien, signed up. Brian is passionate about encouraging children to get closer to nature and has been a key player in developing the Nature Rocks activities that take place on 22 Haven holiday parks.
Nature Rockz activities are lead by Park Rangers and offer a whole array of nature activities from bug hunt safaris, shelter building and fire lightings, pond dipping and guided nature trails to stone skimming tournaments and mini nature activities.
Children are rewarded with a ‘Passport to Learning’ which helps record their participation in activities; helping them build their learning experience by encouraging them to work through bronze, silver and gold certificated levels; and providing the opportunity for them take part in an impressive graduation ceremony at Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh.
Hope Wilson is the first to graduate at Berwick Holiday park having completed 200 hours of learning and been awarded a Gold Certificate.