Training Calendar

We don’t have any training dates currently available. Check back again soon as we’ll be adding more dates to the calendar.

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For some examples of our previous courses have a look below 👇

Course Name                             Location                    Date                    Time                Cost
Upstart Scotland Talk           Fort William          11th September     18:30 – 20:30       free

Upstart Scotland Talk           Elgin                        12th September      19:30 – 21:30      free

Autumn in The Fort              Fort William          1st October             10:00 – 15:00        £60

Campfire Food Safety           Fort William          27th October          0900 – 16:00       £120

Helicopter Stories                   Elgin                        30th October          09:30 – 15:30      £135

Helicopter Stories                   Elgin                        31st October           9:30 – 15:30        £135

Planning in the moment
with Anna Ephgrave             Elgin                            12th November


A campaign to introduce a kindergarten stage in Scotland for children aged 3 to 7.

Join us to hear Cameron Sprague from Stramash Outdoor Nursery along with Kate Johnston and Sue Palmer from Upstart Scotland discuss the vital importance of play-based learning for the under-7s.

To get your free tickets for this amazing talk in fort william please follow the link below.

Upstart in Fort William

Adobe_Post_20180905_111348A campaign to introduce a kindergarten stage in Scotland for children aged 3 to 7.

Come along and hear Rachael Armstrong from Stramash as well as Kate Johnston and Sue Palmer from Upstart Scotland speak on the importance of play-based learning for under-7s.

To get your free tickets for this amazing talk in Elgin please follow the link here: Upstart in Elgin


Autumn at The fort

This is an exciting opportunity for early year practitioners, head teachers, authority support staff, and other professionals to visit our exciting outdoor environment at Stramash’s Fort William Outdoor nursery. Meet Team Leader Cameron Sprague as he gives some background about the thought and ethos around Stramash Fort William. Go on an in-depth tour of the innovative nursery space that the Stramash Fort William community have created together and also have some time to observe the children at their play while speaking to the team on the ground.

Venue: Stramash, Inverlochy Mains, Old Inverlochy Castle, North Road, Fort William

Date: Mon 1st October

Time: 10am – 3pm

Cost: £60

Booking: Autumn at The Fort tickets

Campfire Food & Safety Course

The course includes a mix of indoor presentations, hands-on campfire preparation & cooking, discussion, observation & 30-minute multiple choice exam, which covers the course content.

Minimum total teaching time of 6 hours


An introduction to food hygiene, bacteria and their characteristics, the incidence of food poisoning and its prevention, safe purchase, storage and preparation of food, personal hygiene and working habits of the food handler, the working environment, cleaning and disinfection practices, common food pests and their control & risk assessment including HACCP

Location:  Stramash Base, Fort William

NEW Date & Time: Saturday 27th October 2018 – 0900 to 1600

Cost:  £120 per person


“Informative, fun, interesting, hands-on opportunity to try out cooking on a fire”

“I really had a great day, nice way to network with other outdoor practitioners”

“Great balance of practical, listening, and plenty opportunities to ask questions and be involved”

Please note that places are limited and given on a first-come basis.  To book, please contact:

Cameron at Stramash – – 01631 566080

Helicopter Stories with Trisha Lee


The Helicopter Stories approach, pioneered by Vivian Gussin Paley and championed in the UK by Trisha Lee, supported by Isla Hill and theatre and education charity MakeBelieve Arts, harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire powerful learning outcomes in key curriculum areas, such as Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and early compositional skills in Writing. Trisha Lee’s workshops are fully interactive and practical.

Why choose Helicopter Stories?

  • It is an inclusive whole-class approach to learning that values every child’s contribution.
  • It engages creativity, boosts selfconfidence and improves speaking and listening skills
  • It promotes collaborative learning in a supportive, safe environment
  • And it allows children to explore the power of words, forming a bridge into the world of writing

Stramash Outdoor Nursery, Elgin, is a fitting location for such a high quality training event. Having developed use of the approach in an outdoor setting they have seen it become an integral part of childrens everyday play and exploration of the natural world, creating stories that reflect play and place. The approach s being taken forward as a key transition tool from nursery to P1.

“Can’t wait to get back and make a start.” EYFS Lead Teacher, Bristol 2017

Venue:          Spynie Hall, Elgin, IV30 8XJ

Times:          09:30-15:30

Date:             30th OR 31st October

**please be aware this is a one day training on either date**

Cost: £135

Thanks to a generous grant from Moray Council we are able to offer a limited number of spaces on each day without charge. To be eligible to apply you must be working in Moray, with children at the first levels (nursery, P1, P2)
Please apply here: Funded Space Application
For those living outside the Moray area you can buy tickets here: Buy Helicopter Stories Tickets


We are also partners of local OWL (Outdoor & Woodland Learning) Groups across Scotland – Argyll & Bute, South Highland & Moray – as part of this we are currently running training workshops exploring taking literacy & numeracy outdoors for Argyll group