Every week the pre-school level children (ages 3-5 years) venture out of the nursery to the local parks and woodlands for ForestSchool. The visits allow an unrestricted approach to learning, enabling the children to be active and encouraging them to notice the environment around them. While exploring the grassland, trees and flowers, the children also listen to and watch the birds and other wildlife such as insects and squirrels. The sessions are key to building a child’s confidence, where activities such as den building, tree climbing, wood whittling and rope making give the children a real sense of achievement, they are able to learn a new skill and improve coordination at the same time.
This unique learning setting provides a completely different experience to the classroom, where risk taking is not frowned upon but encouraged meaning the children can challenge themselves. These sessions mean the children aren’t just looking at photos of the things they are learning about, but they are seeing, hearing and touching them in real life, creating the most memorable lesson possible. The classes are a key part of our week at the nurseries as we believe they play an essential role in a child’s development.
Use of an outdoor space can assist a child in their physical development allowing them to run, ride bikes, push and pull trucks, dig, climb and balance on climbing frames and bridges. Our digging and growing areas allow them to improve their knowledge and understanding of the world around us. They learn to grow and care for plants and investigate the insects or small animals they encounter along the way. They are encouraged to work together, take turn and pay attention to what they are doing through a variety of games, planting, mud kitchens, and use of all the outdoor equipment… but most of all have fun! We encourage children's problem solving and numeracy skills in helping them to measure how tall the plants are, how much the potatoes weigh and how many worms they can find etc.
Their creative development is supported through looking at different colours and textures, making collages, listening to and identifying the sounds present in the garden and creating art work based on looking at the small details of the things around them. The outdoor world provides vast scope for expanding children's vocabulary when we include all the words associated with plants, animals and insects. The children are given the opportunity to use the outdoor chalk boards to express themselves. They are encouraged to use the outdoor seats and bean bags to read, or just sit and watch a small insect crawl along the floor. Enabling your child to have the opportunity to really watch and comment on that small wonder.
Our outdoor areas are extensions of our indoor areas which offer greater scope for activities and encourage children to continue their development in the fresh air.
So this is our second month of montessori at home and we would love to know how you got on with last months! This month we have a couple of simple ideas to try in the kitchen, great for keeping them busy while you're cooking!
I feel that the nursery has been extremely supportive of my son's development and his areas of weakness, working together to achieve the same goal.
The staff are very friendly, helpful and I'm sure all the children past and present will never forget them. My daughter has a particularly good relationship with many of the staff members from across the board and always comes home with stories about all the fun stuff she got up to in the day. The girls are very good role models for her and I absolutely love them and all too pieces. They not only care for the children but I can see their genuine interest in the children's well being is at their core. This makes me feel at ease dropping her off as I know she will be treated equally and fairly at all times. My daughter has a very specific diet and when requested, the staff were happy to facilitate her dietary needs which I found to be amazing as not every establishment would be so accommodating
Both my Daughters aged 18 months and 3 1/2 have settled really well in the nursery thanks to the loving and caring staff. I always found everyone to be very friendly and welcoming. I know my daughters are well looked after and kept busy with lots of activities. My 3 year old particularly enjoys ballet, forest school and soft play. She has really thrived here and learnt to count to 20 and recognises a few letters. Very happy with the nursery overall and would highly recommend it.
Extremely happy with our time at Little People. They have looked after both our daughter and son from 12 months - 3.5 years old.
Caring, professional staff.
Well structured and a good array of activities. Happy children developing well.