Training for the outdoors with Stramash

Stramash outdoor nurseries are the largest provider of outdoor nurseries in Scotland. We have been facilitating outdoor care and learning for children aged 2-5 since 2009.

Our practice, settings and business has evolved a whole lot in that time, so what our training offer now brings is a wealth of real life, lived experiences and solutions, from some of the most experienced and passionate members of the outdoor industry.

Meet the Team

We have gained significant experience and made some good friends over our years in the industry, building a strong reputation for delivering high quality outdoors experiences and childcare. As such we are able to host and deliver some fantastic training opportunities with our core team and associates.

IMG_4655 (1)Kenny Forsyth is CEO of Stramash. He will have overall responsibility for all of Stramash’s work with you. Kenny has an extensive background in delivering exceptional professional services to a wide range of public and private sector clients.

IMG_4656 (1)Cameron Sprague is Head of Training for Stramash. Cameron has led the development of Stramash’s training offer to date. He has a Scotland wide reputation for highly engaging training and exceptional client feedback. He is highly skilled in making individuals and staff teams confident to deliver in the outdoors.

3b53d924-61ea-436e-a7d7-729a669d0ba6Rich Mitchell is a senior member of Stramash’s training team. As well as delivering his mainstream training to nursery staff Rich also is responsible for delivering Stramash’s Outdoor Nurture programme with primary school age children.


Hamish is Stramash’s newest Quality and Training Officer. He is an experienced playworker and trainer who is confident delivering on all aspects of working outdoors in a child centred way.  Hamish has a deep knowledge of play pedagogy that is readily applicable in care and education settings along with a passion and enthusiasm for implementing it.


The delivery team combines four senior Stramash staff with a number of expert associates. These individuals represent the most accomplished and compelling outdoor learning for ELC proposition available nationally.

Whilst all members of the delivery team are flexible across the entire menu of outdoor training options we would like to stress that each team member has their own specialisms and experience to bring. We will endeavour to work with you to secure the most appropriate team member/s to meet your needs.

How it works

We start the process by meeting with you to get a full picture of your setting/site and where you & your team are at right now when it comes to getting kids outside.

We then create a bespoke training package just for you! Allowing us to facilitate you in meeting your aspirations and supporting you and your team to resolve any issues or barriers you are currently facing.

Happy staff, happy kids, outdoors.

Bespoke Training/121 Support Area Examples

Benefits of Outdoor Learning – Benefits of Outdoor Learning -The Why? Grounded introduction to benefits will empower staff to talk to other stakeholders, but also encourage their practice to move outdoors

Engaging with children outdoors – Support practitioners’ skills in keeping children and themselves safe, warm, and engaged to play outdoors in all weather conditions

Creating team commitment – Supporting your team to develop a shared ethos and practice in terms of practice outdoors. Help staff to feel valued and confident moving forward in outdoor practice

Risk benefit & dynamic risk assessment – Supporting teams to develop a new relationship to risky play

Semi permanent play structures – Building safe, engaging and play enriching semi permanent structures – often from recycled materials.

Contact us below to start your tailored learning journey with Stramash