Our nurseries in Southwater, West Grinstead and Horsham are a bit different. Our Forest School Nursery in Southwater has its own 11 acre woodland and our Horsham and West Grinstead Nurseries feature large Farm School spaces consisting of chickens and rabbits. Horsham Nursery is home to Woody, our pig, whilst West Grinstead houses our two miniature donkeys – Vinnie and Barney! We think a bit differently too. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach we employ professional artists to work with children in dedicated creative studios which are called Ateliers. We believe children love beautiful and interesting things, just like adults, so we put lots of them in our nurseries. We believe in listening to children a lot. We know if we help children work out what they are interested in, what questions they have and what they like to explore, they will be more motivated to learn. Sometimes this exploring and learning turns into children’s research projects lasting many months.
OUR VISION, ETHOS & BELIEFS
Nurturing Confident, Caring and Curious children is what we do.
At Little Barn Owls we consider every child to be a beautiful, independent, fascinating, creative individual with a huge amount to offer the world. We understand that the importance of the early years in a child’s general development cannot be over-emphasised. Any experience which caters for the needs of the children, before they reach statutory school age, establishes the foundations of future learning in many areas of human experience. There are four main needs of a child in the pre-school years:
- The need for love and security
- The need for new experiences
- The need for praise and recognition
- The need for a framework of responsible behaviour