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.
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.
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Our week in the forest
The forest this week has been greeted with chilly mornings that have suddenly bloomed into warm, sunny days at a moments notice.
What a mighty week of weather we have had in the forest. With Wednesday being the hottest day in October for 7 years, we have been feeling very grateful to enjoy the last moments of sunshine!
The Autumn has been very evident this week in the forest with leaves tumbling from the trees in a multitude of rainbow colours.
This week has really thrown us into an autumnal feeling with so many beautiful changes in the colours we are finding in the forest. The wind has picked up to blow the fallen leaves around and the squirrels are busy all around us gathering all the sweet chestnuts.
This week the children have shown a remarkable ability to review, reflect and persevere. They have used trial and error, teamwork and a wonderful imagination to create and make.
There has been a noticeable chill in the air this week as we head into the autumn, which has developed our discussions nicely about seasonal changes.
This week has been a whirlwind! In Paradise the children had the privilege of having a little campfire. They were curious about why some of the objects smoked more in the fire than others, which lead to some really inquisitive conversations.
The forest has been filled with music, colours and creativity this week with the children experimenting further with natural materials and continuing with their projects involving clay and wood.
We have enjoyed spending time in different parts of Chiswick House and Gardens this week. We started off in the meadow across the pond where the children have enjoyed a new space to role play in.
This week in the forest has been full of wonder. The children have explored their ever-changing environment engaging in a wide range of experiences that have inspired fascination, conversation and investigation at an incredibly deep level.
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'