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
From tropical heat to torrential downpours the children have negotiated new environments daily and even hourly, but perhaps the greatest result of the weather is the return of our most favourite muddy puddles!
The children loved playing in the rain together and including newest team member Eddie! Together they built mini shelters and dens using sticks, leaves and grass for the little snail that we found, so that it wouldn’t get wet...
On all houses the rain is whisked away by gutters. They’re very much not toys in this situation. But when they appear in the forest, all manner of fun can be had!
Once upon a time there was a young child known near and far for his love of sticks.
Woodwork and Construction
This week we have seen the children become carpenters and builders, putting their amazing skills to use during our forest school activities involving bowsaws, palm drills and ropes.
With another diverse week under our belt in the forest, the children have continued to show their capacity to create their own delightful worlds that they wish to play in.
A light show! Reds, yellows, blues and oranges whizzed around the forest and inside the special light show tent.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein
I feel a sense of enchantment
In the cool, refreshing air,
As I seek the hidden secrets
That the forest had to bear.
Back to the gloves. Back to the hats. Back to a cool wind nipping at our fingers and noses.
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'