A new nursery which teaches children in the great outdoors is opening in Fulham .
Little Forest Folk is London’s first full-time outdoor nursery , catering for children aged two to five, and is opening at Fulham Palace Gardens in October.
The children are taken out in all weather, come rain or shine and are kitted out in the finest Didriksons’ waterproofs to keep them toasty warm whilst they explore their surroundings and natural wildlife.
The gardens at Fulham Palace include 13 acres of botanical gardens and includes a restored Walled Garden, where the Little Forest Folk children will be taught.
Activities can range from treasure hunts, bark rubbing, mini beast exploration, dressing up and creative role play to reading stories, mark making and mathematics in the forest.
It will be the third Little Forest Folk to open after Wimbledon and Chiswick , and founder Leanne Barrett said: “We are always on the move, balancing, running, coordinating and are always learning more about our world.
“The outdoor focused aspect at Little Forest Folk is similar to education models seen in Scandinavian countries, where higher figures of child happiness and higher exam scorings in later life are recorded, supporting Little Forest Folk’s key values that place outdoor play as a key component of a child’s development.”
Explaining how she chose the third location, she said: “We have been approached by parents all over London asking us to open a Little Forest Folk in their area.
"After lots of requests from parents in Fulham and Putney and with the discovery of the incredible Fulham Palace Gardens, we realised this could be a great choice for our new site.
“Walking around the grounds with our own children made us a little teary as we knew this was going to be a magical setting!”
Pupils will be dropped off at a Cuckoo Hibou in New King’s Road before being taken onsite.
Leanne added: “Never are the children taken out in unsafe conditions as the staff are trained who will monitor the conditions of the site and forecasted weather.”
An open day will take place on September 13 with tours taking place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.
For more information and to book in the open day go visit their website .