Last month we spent a lovely afternoon celebrating how wonderful Little Forest Folk educators are. We know that without the people on the ground (our outstanding practioners) we would not be recognised as one of London's finest nurseries. We would not receive daily emails of praise from our families and we would not be changing the lives of inner city London kids, one muddy puddle at a time!
To say thank-you, we hosted an awards celebration to recognise some of our outstanding practitioners. 6 awards were carefully thought out with points taken from the EYFS Development matters and LFF Ethos.
Our staff then nominated their colleagues for each award to help us choose the winners. How wonderful it was reading through them!
And the winners are...
Outstanding Practitioner 2016
This award goes to the person who consistently goes above and beyond to ensure the children are given the best possible opportunity to learn, develop and be loved.
This person exhibits best practice, positively engages with children and families, collaborates with the team, and always works to achieve the best outcomes for children and results for the company.
The Quiet Achiever
Often fading into the background, the Quiet Achiever holds the team together without asking for praise, assistance or recognition. This person is an all-rounder who ensures that LFF values are promoted, children are cared for and educated and logistics are well managed.
The Innovation Award
Someone who is constantly refreshing their ideas, altering their way of thinking, and reflecting on their own practice, and the practice of others.
This person has a wealth of knowledge in creative age-appropriate experiences, and has embedded ‘best practice’ in intentional teaching.
The big kid
This person always has their heart and soul aligned to the children, and is an effective role model for all.
They have mastered a balance of play and education for the children, and are consistently promoting wonder and fun within the forest.
The peacekeeper, this person effectively resolves conflict, promotes open and honest discussions, and supports individual personalities and strengths within the team.
This person has positive relationships with parents, and communicates routines, developmental information and challenging issues in a sensitive yet efficient way.
This person is the lead educator in environmental program and practice for both adults and children alike.
Conservation of green-spaces, environmental education for children and sustainability are key drivers for this practitioner, and their practice reflects a holistic and environmentally conscious approach.