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.
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.
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Our week in the forest
Some dry and sunny weather at last! This week has been pure joy as we explored all of our favourite spaces on site. We spent some time in base camp, on the meadow and in the mud kitchen area.
Glorious! Wonderful, life-giving sunshine has filled our week. It seems that mother nature has flipped a switched and it only feels like last like week we were wrapping ourselves up in 4, 5…8 layers with gloves and hats.
It’s been a glorious day in the forest with the temperatures soaring to highs of 27 degrees and the children have welcomed the change in weather.
We were all very excited to welcome back our sessional day children after the holidays and for our first day back at Kew.
Buzzing bees, beautiful flowers and bright warm sunshine… it feels as though we have gone from Winter straight to Summer!
Our last week of spring holiday camps has been simply fantastic! We have so enjoyed spending time with the holiday campers and look forward to having them back again!
3, 2, 1 – Blast Off! It has been a fantastic last week with our holiday campers. We travelled through lands far, far away on our rocket ship visiting our favourite planets on the way.
Our second week of holiday camp has been such an exciting (although muddy) week in the forest and as always, the excitement levels from the children have been sky high.
A very wet week to start with but this did not dampen our spirits. We welcomed some new holiday campers on Monday who were very interested in building obstacles using logs, sticks and twigs.
This week the holiday camps have continued and so has the wonderful dynamic of an increased range of ages in the forest.
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'