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.
We are about to begin a new term in the forest and have new children joining us across all five nurseries. Once our educators have wiped their eyes after saying goodbye to our leavers, everyone starts to get really excited about welcoming new faces to the forest.
My blogs are usually about the children, our amazing environment and the wonderful experiences with nature our children are enjoying. But something that I feel I haven’t given enough attention to is the incredible team I have surrounding me.
As we are currently hosting open days for our new nurseries in Wandsworth and Barnes, I am spending time discussing why we created Little Forest Folk. As many of our supporters know, we created Little Forest Folk out of simplicity. We wanted children to enjoy the childhood we thought they deserved.
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.
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...
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Our week in the forest
As the children continue to progress with their amazing tree climbing, the practitioners always looking to present new challenges for the children; this week we have been focusing on using the zip line.
On Monday we split into two groups at Kew and headed off in two different directions. One group wanted to do some fishing, so they headed to the lake behind Kew House and hunted for the perfect sticks to turn into fishing rods.
The colours of the forest this week have been incredibly vibrant with sharp frosty mornings. We have been observing how the natural world is making these beautiful transformations.
Well, what a lovely jubbley week we have had! The air has definitely gotten a lot crisper and we have certainly been eyeing up some cracking homemade knitwear in the forest!
From chilly to balmy, it’s been a complete mix of temperatures in the forest this week. The children have been in and out of their new winter jackets and hi-vis vests but this is all great skill development for dressing!
The forest this week has been a marvellous mix of storytelling, animal investigation and pirates!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories read and told by adults early on in the week.
The weather has definitely taken a turn towards chilly this week. Wrapped up with a lot more layers and wearing our new fleece lined waterproofs we have talked a lot about keeping warm and putting our hats and gloves on when we get cold.
It’s been another exciting week in the forest full of new discoveries and experiences.
Earlier in the week we had some visitors to Fulham Palace Gardens who came to check that the forest was healthy and eventually had to cut down a couple of old trees.
A number of our LFF children had a wonderful time at the Paradise Co-op Bonfire party on the weekend, so much so that when they arrived on Monday morning they were eager to recreate the magical night!
What a muddy, messy week it’s been in Fishpond Woods. With more mole hills than ever giving the best digging terrain, the children have been getting to grips with the worm-rich soil and imagining all sorts of play with it.
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'