"Our role as educators is not to teach – our children are wonderful and capable little people – what we need to do is to help them learn. As educators, we have a deep understanding of our children. We know what makes them tick, what excites them, where they excel and where they need a bit of guidance. With encouragement, role modelling, suggestions and props we can take their fun and exciting play in the forest and transform it into deep learning opportunities." Leanna Barrett, Little Forest Folk Founder

Little Forest Folk are delighted to offer Professional Development Training Days. We hope to inspire other educators, with the goal of providing more children with the childhood they deserve.

We know so many of you are extremely keen to see what we do here at Little Forest Folk, to feel inspired and to ask those burning ‘how do you..?’ questions, we are excited to have, in 2018, launched our Little Forest Folk training days.

Little Forest Folk training days take place in Wimbledon, South West London on selected dates for small groups.

Learn more and book a place below.


Bookings - Training Itinerary - Locations    

"Amazing CPD day on 16th May. Ofsted say they are outstanding and I would totally agree. In fact if there was a grade above outstanding Little Forest Folk would achieve it. They are not a forest school, they are not an eco classroom, they are simply who they say they are Little Forest Folk." - (May 2018)

"I just wanted to say thank you again for such inspiring day. It gave me so much hope!!! as a teacher, as a mother and as a human being!" - (May 2018)

"I want to thank Little Forest Folk for the amazing experience I had! My favourite part was going to the Wimbledon site and seeing the children in action! I liked that we were able to talk to the children and practitioners. The adults were amazing and were a great help if had any questions." - (May 2018)

How to book



We will be scheduling more training days soon, please join our mailing list below to hear about future training opportunities.

Exclusive training days

We can arrange exclusive training days for groups with a minimum of 10 attendees, please email us to find out more at carly@littleforestfolk.com.


Training Day Itinerary

We want to help achieve the greatest change possible through our training days and so will have a tightly packed schedule as follows:

Welcome from our CPD Guru.
Presentation and discussion about how children learn and the potential of self-directed learning within nature.

Travel via our minibus for a visit to Little Forest Folk Wandsworth outdoor nursery site (unfenced, public site, 20 children per day).

 Lunch-break Little Forest Folk style on Wimbledon Common.

Travel via our minibus to our Little Forest Folk Wimbledon site (fenced 3 acre site, 32 children per day).  

Return to Little Forest Folk HQ in our minibus.

Time for reflection on our visits and observations we’ve made on the children’s play, followed by a detailed question and answer session and deeper discussion on the potential for learning within nature.

As a part of our training day we would like each attendee, at the height of their inspiration, to consider what they could take from our training and use to improve their own practice. 


Meeting point at our Raynes Park Office:

2A Lambton Rd, Wimbledon, London SW20 0LR


During a training day we will visit two of our nurseries:

Wimbledon Nursery: Fishponds Wood Nature Reserve, London SW20

Wandsworth nursery: Wimbledon Windmill, Wimbledon common, London SW19


When should I arrive?
Please arrive no later than 8:45 at 2a Lambton Rd, Wimbledon, SW20 0LR

How do I get there by public transport?
Our office overlooks Raynes Park Station, which is accessible by train. If travelling into our larger nearby station, Wimbledon; take the number 57 or 131 bus to Raynes Park. Alternatively it's a 15 minute walk from Wimbledon Station down Worple Road to our offices.

Is there parking nearby?
Take a look here for nearby parking locations. 

Are there any hotels near-by we can stay at?
The Travelodge at Durham House is a stones throw away from Raynes Park Station and offers affordable accommodation. A short walk from Wimbledon station, and you have a choice of few when travelling down Worple Road or Wimbledon Hill Road.

How will we be travelling to each site?
We will use our Little Forest Folk minibus for transportation. 

Will lunch be provided?
A picnic style lunch will be provided around midday at the Windmill, Wimbledon Common.

What do I need to wear?
There is every chance you will get wet and muddy during your training day so please check the weather and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the day!

Will I need to bring anything?
We'd recommend you bring a bottle of water along and a pen & paper so you are able to jot down any questions you are eager to ask!

What if I am running late or unable to attend?
Please contact carly@littleforestfolk.com as soon as possible.

Can I cancel my training day?
Yes, we can offer a refund up to 21 days before your scheduled training day. We will deduct a £20 admin fee per cancellation.