- Ages: 2 – 5 years
- Price Sessional: £76 a day
- Full day: £86 a day
- Timings: 7:45-16:00; 7:45-18:00
As seasoned explorers of numerous London Day Schools, we were awe-struck by the enchanting realm of Little Forest Folk Nursery Chiswick – a nursery that seemed almost mythical in its offerings. Nestled within the picturesque Chiswick House and Gardens, this nursery is London’s first full-time forest nursery catering to children aged 2 to 5 years. A sanctuary where 30 little adventurers, clad in all-weather gear, delve into a world of exploration, building, reading, climbing, eating, and learning amidst the embrace of nature.
The heart of the nursery’s ethos lies in its outdoor learning philosophy, beautifully summed up by the owners as, “we wanted our children to learn how the world works through experiences rather than books.” This refreshing approach nurtures curiosity and fosters a profound connection with the natural world, setting the stage for lifelong learning.
What sets Little Forest Folk Nursery Chiswick apart is its remarkable 1:4 adult-child ratio, thoughtfully designed to provide individualized attention and support. Notably, the nursery stands as a shining example in the London nursery scene, boasting a commendable number of male staff members, a rarity in the industry.
With a staggering waiting list, early registration is highly advised. Approximately one in eight places is reserved for underprivileged children, underscoring the nursery’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Children joining at 11+ are part of a harmonious blend, with 50% coming from both state and private backgrounds.
The daily adventure begins at the Piccolo Play Centre with breakfast, followed by immersive activities at Chiswick House and Gardens or Kew Gardens. From treasure hunts, tree-climbing, and den-building to reading stories, mark making, and mathematics among nature’s bounty, every moment is a source of inspiration and growth.
Parents can choose between full-day (7:45-18:00) or sessional (7:45-16:00) attendance options, providing flexibility to accommodate various schedules. In the late afternoon, children return to the Piccolo Play Centre to reflect on their day before being picked up.
To secure a place, parents are required to pay a £25 deposit upon joining the waiting list, followed by an enrolment fee of £150 upon registration.
In addition to its exceptional year-round offerings, the nursery also organizes captivating holiday camps during school breaks, ensuring the adventure never ends.
In conclusion, Little Forest Folk Nursery Chiswick stands as a testament to the magic of nature-based education, where children thrive in a loving and nurturing environment.