This week our management team at Little Forest Folk attended a lecture by Simon Sinek called ‘The Infinite Game’. Simon Sinek is an organisational consultant who gives inspiring and motivational talks on a subject dear to our hearts – leadership.
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.
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Our week in the forest
This week in the forest the children have delved deep into a wide range of themes. They have been investigating volcanoes, the Jurassic period, tectonic plates and the explosive nature of volcanoes!
This week we have been enjoying the glorious sunshine on lots of adventures walks around the forest. The presence of the sun means shadows and this has meant exploring the shapes our bodies could make and how we could make our shadows move. We also enjoyed some games of hide and seek in the long grass.
The beautifully sunny weather and changes in the environment that the children have been observing have formed the basis of many exciting new activities this week.
This week the children have been fascinated by the different things set up in the forest. Some weeks as the children arrive you can tell there are themes or interests that will run throughout the day, but our set up this week has very much determined the theme.
With the weather being beautiful all week, the children have made full use of their adventurous spirit and went with Christie on walks to the fishpond.
What a fantastic warm week we have had - the sun certainly has had her hat on! We've had great adventures throughout the week, and because of the sun, we have been able to spend time in detail exploring hidden paths on Putney Heath during the walks in the morning.
We have had another fabulous week in the forest, enjoying the lovely sunshine and warmer weather. Most of our mornings have been spent on adventure walks into the forest, often visiting the lake where we have regularly spied the terrapins sunning themselves on the lakeside.
We have all been making the most of the glorious weather this week, discovering magical transformations around Palace Gardens and welcoming many visitors to our forest.
It has been a gorgeous week here in Wandsworth, the blossoming of life through these summery days has been as intriguing as it has been beautiful.
This week the children made a great discovery during their walk-in to the forest. High in the air on a branch was a small hole which was attracting lots of bees.
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'