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.
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.
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Our week in the forest
This week the children have been exploring the forest in new ways. The warm sunshine has finally shown itself again and the signs of spring are just beginning to appear.
This week in the forest the children have been very creative making their own small world spaces using natural resources.
When you have so many worms what do you need? A worm house of course! This week children built houses for worms from sticks, using mud kitchen bowls as the roof and populated their houses with more worms than you could ever imagine.
We have been bathed in lovely warm pre-spring sunshine this week and there has been a massive increase in building and construction.
Could it be that Spring has sprung? Probably not, but with the Hazel trees adorning their catkins, Daffodil shoots rising up from the earth and the sun bringing gloriously warm and bright days, it has certainly felt like it.
This week in the forest the children have been enjoying much milder weather and the return of some glorious mud!
Snow, snow glorious snow! On Friday morning, we arrived at Kew to find patches of snow still covering the gardens.
In contrast to last week’s polar blast, this week in the forest has felt almost spring-like, with some warm winter sunshine and slightly lighter mornings and evenings.
A touch of magic has descended on Wimbledon Common this week, with interests turning to creating fairies and fairy houses made from willow.
There is something very special about the spontaneous magic that happens in Little Forest Folk when children encounter expressive art and design resources that have been presented in a way that allows them to tinker and create whatever they like.
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'