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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.

From our Blog

Montessori Activities at Home (part 3)

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In the third part of our series, we will explore activities that might come in handy if you are stuck inside while the weather is bad. We all know children need to focus that energy when they are indoors, so why not try the following:

Testimonials

Our son joined the nursery just after his first birthday and we have been extremely pleased with the care and attention he has received. As such, we definitely intend on sending our second child to the nursery when the time comes.

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

R B (father of child)
June 28, 2018

My Daughter started full time at the nursery when she was 5 months. I always felt that she was in very good hands, surrounded with love, stimulated with appropriate games and activities. The staff are lovely and very competent. I recommend the nursery every time I can.  

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

Marine P
July 17, 2018

We have been so happy with the love and care that our son has had at Little People of Fulham. Starting him at one, we were nervous he was too young but soon our fears were allayed and he settled well. We have seen him grow in confidence and he has benefitted from spending time with other children his age. The staff are dedicated and clearly also love our son as much as us!

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

Leila K
June 28, 2018

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.

Danielle Smart
June 13, 2018
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