Forest School and Outdoor Play

Safe, educational outdoor learning and play

Freedom of Learning at Forest School…

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.

Outdoor Play

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.

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The Little People of Willow Vale nursery is so friendly and welcoming. My son is now 3 years old and has been attending for the last 18 months. He has benefitted so much from his sessions at the nursery in terms of his language development, social skills and learning good routines. All the ladies who look after the children are so caring and nurturing, they really get to know the children well and make them feel loved and supported.

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Willow Vale? Extremely Likely

Helena V (Mother of Child)
April 14, 2019

My son is 16 months and has been in the nursery for 10 months now.
Amazing and caring staff. They get to really know all the babies and adapt to their specific requirements and personalities. The babies do many different activities and go outside to the garden or park every day. They get to learn a lot. Parents are informed daily through an app on what the babies have eaten, the sleeping times and activities the babies have done through the day which is really nice.

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Fulham? Extremely Likely

Capucine C (Mother of Child)
April 12, 2019

Deeply human and genuinely caring nursery staff.

I feel rest assured every day that my girl is taken good care of. While Little People of Fulham may seem a bit small, the teachers more than make up for it and the outdoor area is super nice.

I'm amazed by my 3-year-old daughter telling me about all the bones in the human body, continents, seasons, numbers, showing me her ballet and yoga skills and talking to me in Spanish.

I'm very happy my little one goes to Little People Nursery.

Max Z (Father of Child)
April 15, 2019

We love Little People of Fulham! The practitioners are all kind and warm and our 11 month old daughter loves spending the day with them. The nursery is well managed and has great facilities. We love getting regular updates from the practitioners that let us know what our daughter has been doing, whether she has slept and what she has had for lunch. The nursery organises well thought out programmes of activity and sends excellent communications and newsletters. We are so glad that our daughter goes to this nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Fulham? Extremely Likely

Sophy M (Mother of Child)
April 12, 2019
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