Babies, toddlers and young children thrive when given plentiful access to stimulating outdoor environments. They learn best through involvement in play activities that are meaningful to them and through experiences that build on their current curiosity, enthusiasms and interests.
We believe that young children learn by having real life ‘hands on’ experiences. At this stage of development, children’s opportunities for learning are all that they see, hear, feel or do — both indoors and outdoors, which is why we are passionate about ‘Outdoor Learning’.
This is our overriding ethos that combines our indoor and outdoor learning. We aim to bring each child on one trip per week to our Secret Forest. This is a private piece of land for our use only and not for the general public. This adds to the mystery and intrigue for the children and allows us flexibility to visit 5 days a week if we desire. We are also fortunate to have the old railway line glen a short walk away. We often visit this glen in addition to our weekly trip to the forest.
Our Nature Kindergarten is based on ‘forest school’ ethos. As well as many outdoor activities such as going for walks, in the Glens, visiting the beaches, splashing in puddles, water play, strawberry picking and various nature themed learning topics, we also carry our Forest School sessions.
Forest school sessions help children to build positive relationships in an enabling environment and we know that for preschool children Little Cherubs provides the best opportunities to meet those early learning goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Forest school is a child-led play and learning approach where children are encouraged to explore and create in a forest or natural environment.
In the summer months we take Forest School to the beach. We use the same principles as in the woodland, and apply them to the new and exciting environment of the seashore.