LITTLE OWLS WOODLAND PRE-SCHOOL (Forest School Kindergarten)
Little Owls is GOOD with OUTSTANDING for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare - Ofsted May 2016 report
"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."
As many of you are already aware for the past few months Eastleigh Borough Council has been working with a charity called Youth Options regarding the management of Little Owls and the Forest Schools programmes delivered at Itchen Valley Country Park. Youth Options has worked with children since 1937 and has built an enviable reputation for excellence in this area. We believe that a partnership with Youth Options will really help take these services to the next level.
We are excited to inform you that Youth Options are expected to start working with us from January 2018, everything will continue to run as normal; Tom will continue to lead the Forest school programmes, Caroline will supervise the Little Owls setting and Kim will still be around to help ensure a smooth transition.
We are all very excited to be working with Youth Options, and we are confident that all of our programmes will go from strength to strength.
If you want to know more about Youth Options, please visit their website www.youthoptions.co.uk
In a 2016 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.
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 and Louise who covers when other staff members are on courses or holiday.
The assessment required by the Early Years Foundation Stage is recorded using the online software, Tapestry. 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
email@example.com 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.