This week our management team at Little Forest Folk attended a lecture by Simon Sinek called ‘The Infinite Game’. Simon Sinek is an organisational consultant who gives inspiring and motivational talks on a subject dear to our hearts – leadership.
It’s a challenging thing in today’s society to trust your children to develop when they are ready. Amidst NCT groups there is always much talk about when a baby starts walking, when they are potty trained, with some families feeling the pressure to achieve a goal by a certain age or time, rather than when the child is developmentally ready.
Today is my son’s last day at Little Forest Folk. He will be returning for holiday camps but today is his last official day as a daily member of the nursery community.
You may have seen that Little Forest Folk Chiswick recently had an Ofsted inspection, grading us as Outstanding, in which the inspector commented ‘Children thrive in this nursery. They gain a superb understanding of early literacy and mathematical skills’.
We are so fortunate in our forest nurseries to have a high adult to child ratio that allows us to fully embrace ‘in the moment’ planning.
Today is a bitter sweet day for me. It’s my last baby’s first day in the forest. It’s a good reminder of how difficult settling in can be. Not for the children but for the parents.
There’s a saying that a goldfish will only grow to the size of the bowl it is confined to, whereas a fish in the ocean surrounded by space, freedom and the wonders of the natural world can grow to its full capacity.
As part of a recent parent survey, we asked parents if they could change one thing about Little Forest Folk, what would it be? The vast majority responded ‘nothing’, which is always lovely to hear.
There were however a small group of parents who responded with ‘do some learning’.
It can often feel as though much of what happens at Little Forest Folk is from using my own children as guinea pigs. Any time we consider introducing anything new to the forest, any time we want to try out how the children feel about something, we use my children.
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.
Read more about our vision
Our week in the forest
This week the children have explored the wonderful world of water! There were also lots of opportunities to adventure into new areas of the forest, experiencing new and exciting flora and fauna as well as finding new natural resources with which to play and get creative!
This week Georgia has been very artistic and has been bringing out the face paints to the forest. The children have been taking it in turns to either have their hand or face painted.
We have had a wonderful splashy time at Little Forest Folk Fulham this week! The rain has created some amazing puddles and the children have spent hours running and jumping in the water, spooning it from the puddles to make potions in the mud kitchen and using the rain to conduct science experiments with ink.
As we begin to look ahead to the rest of the summer and with September just around the corner, the change in dynamic in the forest has been at the front of our minds; we have lots of school aged children who will be off to big school in September and their places will be filled with new excited faces.
Well the sunshine left us this week and in its place, came a much needed shower for the forest and for the children.
With half term coming to an end, we were reunited with our term-time children and ready for new adventures and mind-boggling discoveries this week in the forest!
With the departure of one of our regular children last week, the nursery was gifted a lovely book called 'Tanka Tanka Skunk' as a leaving present.
Over the past few weeks the children have been constantly fascinated by all the amazing insects they have been discovering and this week has been no exception, we have had visitors in all shapes and sizes!
This week the children have made flags, created art pieces with charcoal, baked birthday cakes, rebuilt the damn to block the dinosaur river, celebrated Eid with henna tattoos, designed crowns and swung higher than any child has dared swing before…we have had such a fun week!
“It’s a wedding cake!”, beamed two children stood over a pile of mud on the ground, a spray of freshly picked buttercups giving a splash of colour to their creation.
Following the announcement of our Queen’s award in April, we are delighted to share an article written about Little Forest Folk by a journalist who visited us in May.
We’ve been bursting with excitement and now that it’s the Queen’s birthday and the official announcement day, we are absolutely delighted to finally share with you the news that Little Forest Folk has been given the royal seal of approval.
Following our being selected by Tatler as being one of the finest nurseries in the nation last month, we are now delighted to share with you an article written about Little Forest Folk by a journalist who visited us in our Wimbledon setting a few weeks ago.
Well, this weekend was the long awaited Nursery World Awards! It was a fabulous event and we were delighted to be recognised in such a large industry such as the early years to be one of the industry leaders.
‘Wouldn’t we all secretly like to be Little Forest Folk?' We are incredibly excited and proud to be included once again in the prestigious annual Tatler Nurseries Guide.
Due to demand we thought it may be useful for us to share our current availability across all our sites (Barnes, Chiswick, Fulham, Wandsworth, and Wimbledon).
We have some exciting news to share with you. It’s been difficult to keep quiet about this achievement as we were inspected just over 10 days ago at Little Forest Folk Fulham…
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'