LITTLE OWLS WOODLAND PRE-SCHOOL (Forest School Kindergarten)
Little Owls is GOOD with OUTSTANDING for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
says OFSTED MAY 2016
The report can be loaded here!
"Children gain exceptional levels of confidence and a very positive attitude to learning"
"Staff blend outdoor learning practices seamlessly with the Early Years Foundation Stage so that children benefit from a wide range of stimulating learning experiences."
Little Owls Woodland Preschool
Saturday 3rd December
10.00am to 12.00 noon
Games ~ Crafts ~ Teas ~ Cakes ~ Food ~ Tombola ~ Craft Stall
A chance for parents to look around, meet the staff and ask lots of questions!
In a recent report it was found that 91% of children aged 2-4 are currently not meeting the UK physical activity guidelines for their age group of three hours of activity a day.
Our pre-school is based in the woodland and the children are outside all the time running around and playing but there is indoor space available should they wish to use it. Most don't! We have an intermediate area that the children can use which is provided by decking with a corrugated plastic roof over and this is where they tend to sit for lunch (if they stay).
Over the year the number of children attending has increased steadily and we have a very healthy waiting list. At present we take 12 children per session but this number will increase to a massive 16 from January 2016 when we introduce a bell tent to provide the extra space required by OFSTED.
The children are outside in all weathers so we encourage parents to buy good footwear and waterproofs and to dress children in layers for the Winter. The only weather that forces us indoors is lightining and Gale Force 6 winds - then we evacuate to the Highwood Barn Visitor Centre where we have tables, chairs and resources that we can use.
We have high quality, enthusiastic and energetic staff in place with Caroline as the Supervisor and Zara, Sophie and Wendy as assistants. Louise is a lovely casual to cover when the others are on courses or on holiday.
The assessment required by the Early Years Foundation Stage is recorded using the online software, Tapestry. With the setting running in all weathers writing comments on pieces of paper popped in pockets is not ideal. This method means we are able to take photos, upload them and add comments immediately. Parents have access via secure logins to look at photos and comments and add messages of their own from the comfort of their home. We encourage parents to let us know what children are doing at home as well through this system.
If you are interested in joining the waiting list please contact Kim Peters
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, contact details, child’s name and date of birth. She will get back to you as soon as she can with more information.
We have a lovely mud kitchen for the children to play with, outside washing facilities and wonderful decking and canopy for when it is raining.
The indoor space includes a quiet area with reading books (currently being eyed up by Countryside staff for a snooze after the children have gone home!!!), and indoor play equipment for those really bad weather days.
Thank you to Sam Victoria and her inspirational My Little Explorers for all her help during this project.