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.
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.
Read more about our vision
Our week in the forest
Staying and playing in the forest is not just something recommended for our children, but for their parents too.
What a lovely week we have had exploring the forest with some of our parents. It’s been a joy to see how excited the children have been when showing you around, and although there may occasionally have been tears when some of you left, it’s only because the children were having such a great time.
It’s been another wonderful Stay and Play week at Fulham, with so many parents and younger siblings joining us for a morning in the forest.
We started our week off with a trip to Gifford’s Circus! We were incredibly excited, especially as we had been hearing noises from the circus after lunch every day last week and had seen the circus horse out on his morning stroll through the forest.
This week the children have taken creativity to a new level! Children have been collecting natural materials to make their own resources for artwork.
Although we did not have a single drop of rain this week – water was our main theme in Barnes! Children had lots of fun with various water play activities and our sprinkle bottles were very popular.
This week has been another hot and sunny one, so our Little Forest Folk-ers have been exploring the forest for the best shady spots!
This week has been another gloriously hot and sunny one, most unusual once Wimbledon tennis has started!!
This week has been another scorcher in the forest, but the play has remained very cool! The children’s desire to construct tools was still strong this week, so with some help from the educators, they were able to take that passion to the next step!
With kind and gentle hands and a listening ear, the Little Forest Folk of Fishponds Wood showed that they were the most effective and practical doctors, especially considering their primitive instruments for helping their poorly patients!
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'