As a parent, I feel you can't ever stop thinking about your children. You want the absolute best for them. But what is the best? There's no rule book. We are all figuring it out as we go along.
A common topic on site visits is school readiness. Parents often look wistfully at the happy, free, liberated, engaged, laughing children and ask, 'But if all they do is play all day, how will they be ready for school? If my child comes to Little Forest Folk do I need to tutor him at home? Or does he need to be attending a conventional nursery as well?'. When parents ask about school readiness, they almost exclusively are referring to literacy and the necessity to be able to sit still and listen.
It’s been a fantastic 2016 for Little Forest Folk. We began the year with a Wimbledon nursery and ended the year with a Wimbledon nursery, a Chiswick nursery and a Fulham nursery. We are delighted to have been able to welcome all of our fantastic new families into the Little Forest Folk community.
At the time of year when parents are busy submitting their applications to schools, I am frequently asked at the school gates if I’ve submitted my school application for my son, Jack yet.
It’s rapidly approaching the time of year that we all love and look forward to. It’s so exciting in the approach to Christmas to see the twinkling lights in the streets and to be tucking into hot chocolates, mulled wine and other treats with our loved ones. It’s also a time when we start to think of those who aren’t fortunate enough to be experiencing the joy we experience at Christmas. Some people don’t have any family to share this special time with, or even a home in which to rest their head...
At Little Forest Folk we dedicate ourselves to helping our children become the best they can be and to equip them with the key skills they need to be happy and fulfilled in their lives. In these busy times in which we live, a skill we believe is of vital importance for children to master from a young age is mindfulness...
As November begins and the weather starts to turn a little chillier, it’s interesting for us at Little Forest Folk to observe the change in questions from would-be parents on our site visits.
We hosted an open day yesterday at Little Forest Folk Fulham and had some interesting questions from parents. For the first time hardly anyone was concerned with what we do when it’s raining, but instead were focused on learning how we teach our children.
We are such a risk averse society today. Often children are wrapped in cotton wool to ensure they come to no harm, but this also denies them the opportunities that risky play and behaviour provide to learn and develop...
The time of year has come during which we have to say a sad goodbye to some of our children who are moving on to big school. We try rather than focusing on how much we will miss them to instead reflect upon how much we have helped them to be ready for this next stage in life...
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Our week in the forest
Easter has been and gone but the lingering memory of the delicious eggs and the extra long weekend hung in the children’s minds.
As the educators walked into Fulham Palace early on Tuesday morning we were greeted by the roar of one of the children excited to have returned to our forest after the Easter break.
After a long weekend of family fun and chocolate delights, our children hopped back into the forest with tales of egg hunts, roast dinners and treats left by the Easter bunny.
The Forest Folk went to the woods,
And the weather they found, it was good,
So they played through the day,
In a messy, muddy way,
And went home for dinner and puds!
It’s been lovely to have had a number of our holiday campers return for a week two, while others have joined us for the first time.
Frogs croak, rain soak.
Chicks peep, crickets leap.
Bees hum, robin come.
Birds sing. It’s spring!
As I stood amongst the trees, the ‘Forest Folk’ as they are most commonly known, scampered and played around me.
School is out for two weeks so this means the start to our Easter Holiday Camp!
The forest is well and truly bursting with life now that Spring has planted its feet firmly on the ground.
The sun glinted off the forest animal enclosures, with lions, monkeys and cheetahs lazing in the shade beyond them.
We are delighted to have won the Nursery World Awards 2016 award for Online and Social Media. We see our website and social media as more than an opportunity to tell parents about our setting...
We are delighted to announce details of our third Little Forest Folk site....
From October our fantastic team will be bringing our magical experience to Fulham. Our children will spend all day playing in the beauty and wonder that is Fulham Palace Gardens.
We are delighted to have been recognised by Tatler as one of the 'finest nurseries in the nation' in 'The Tatler Nurseries Guide 2016'