"A magical woodland outdoor setting"
This gives children the choice to be indoors with more ‘traditional’ nursery resources including puzzles, stories and blocks. Heating for the winter has been installed as well as blankets and cushions for afternoon naps and a washroom with toilets. The kindergarten also has apple and plum trees, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb and seasonal vegetables and herbs.
Children registered at the kindergarten, visit the on-site Manor House Forest School farm daily, to feed and care for the animals. Activities outdoors are always hands on, exploratory and exciting, utilising natural resources and following children’s interests.
A number of areas have been designed with the children including a dinosaur island, bug hotel, mud kitchen and reading area. An outdoor clay oven and dining room gives children the wonderful opportunity to experience cooking with the staff.
Staff include a qualified teacher (QTS) and a play therapist, and all staff have undertaken Forest School Training, first aid and safeguarding.