At Portfield Farm Eco Nursery & Forest School we believe that ‘your childhood is your own to enjoy to the fullest extent possible’ and that your earliest learning experiences, loving bonds and golden memories may influence your learning and later life.
We are a small group of fun-loving, outdoorsy children (birth – 5 yrs) who love to explore and learn as much as possible outdoors in our lovely forest school with our pets and wildlife. We spend our days happily playing in the sunshine whilst we learn OFSTED’s EYFS, grow our own vegetables, walk our puppy and look after our horse.
Children’s happiness and development are the most important things here, the only plans we have are to do what the children want and ensure they learn from their experiences.
Unbeknown to children, their learning is very closely monitored and parents evenings are held every 4 months to discuss progress.
Portfield Farm is a private house, owned by Mandy Sutton and has a purpose built nursery at the end of it. There is also a large garden for the children to play in, a 5 acre field and two woods – a bluebell wood and a 1 1/2 acre wood.
Our babies receive lots of love and attention as we guarantee a 1:3 ratio of dedicated staff.
We are a small group of fun-loving outdoorsy children progressing happily through OFSTED’s Early Years Foundation Stage, whilst enjoying life experiences and child-led play with adult support. Located in tranquil rural surroundings, children also enjoy gardening and Forest School activities.
Each child’s progress is individually planned and carefully monitored across all fields of learning, to ensure that they receive a sound foundation for their future education.
All staff are well qualified and very experienced in child care, first aid and safeguarding.
Forest School encourages children to:
- Develop personal and social skills.
- Work through practical problems and challenges.
- Use tools to create, build or manage.
- Discover how they learn best.
- Pursue knowledge that interests them.
- Learn how to manage failures.
- Build confidence in decision making and evaluating risk.
- Develop practical skills.
- Understand the benefits of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
- Explore connections between humans, wildlife and the earth.
- Regularly experience achievement and success.
- Reflect on learning and experiences.
- Develop their language and communication skills.
- Improve physical motor skills.
- Become more motivated.
- Improve their concentration skills.
Benefits from Play
For the person playing:
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Stamina – cardiovascular and aerobic fitness
- Recognition of emotions and ability to respond appropriately
- Ability to work through emotions
- Feeling of controlling one’s own life
Establishing a habit of exercise
- Problem solving skills
- Decision making skills
- Risk awareness and judgement (physical and emotional risks)
- Sense of self / autonomous thinking Independence
- Sense of place in the world / belonging
- Understanding of, and connection to the world
- Social skills – communication, negotiation, relationship building
- Responsibility / looking after each other
- Awareness of other people
- Interest for understanding more
- Strengthens the community
- Saves money / resources / work
- Encourages more people to play
- Provides good role models
Toddlers & Preschool
Ages 2yrs – 4yrs 11mths. Currently children move between 2 rooms with lots of play areas.
Some of the activities children may take part in:
- Arts & crafts
- Cooking & baking
- Dough play
- Interactive learning
- Outside play
- Role play
- Show & tell
- Story time & reading
- Understanding the world
- Forest School activities
- Construction toys
- Discovering nature
- Games & puzzles
- Number skills
- Pencil skills
- Project work
- Sand & water play
- Social play
- Music & rhymes