Hello, my name is Georgie and I recently started at Kids’ Country as the Forest School Leader. All my life I have loved being outside and love how going for a walk or being outdoors makes you feel amazing. This passion first began when I was 17 and started working with a SENCO school and at every chance, I worked with the young people I supported outside. It was amazing to see how much the young people’s behaviour changed when working outside- they were much calmer and happier. Following this I worked for a small charity supporting young people and families with autism, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Some of the young people I supported battled with their mental health, but once I gained my Forest School Leader Qualification and worked with them in a woodlands environment their attitude towards learning and participating in educational activities changed and I loved watching young people flourish and hit personal milestones they never imagined hitting. Many young people I supported struggled with their communication, social skills and fine/gross motor skills but as they began doing forest school activities such as den building, making bug hotels, nature crafts and making fires I began to see to see positive changes in their development in all these areas. Seeing them develop and come on with their developmental areas and be proud of themselves for accomplishing new millstones was by far the highlight of my job. They loved coming to my sessions and learning about flora, fauna and various other wildlife facts. They were engaged and happy to be there doing Forest School, I am now very much looking forward to inspiring and engaging young children in being outdoors and helping to further there learning and development in this way.
Forest school is an amazing child-centred teaching approach that allows young people to explore the outdoors and learn what the outdoors has to offer us. Forest School improves on holistic growth, mental health, wellbeing, self-esteem, confidence, and the physical health of young children. Forest School allows adults to plan outdoor activities such as den building, fire making, bug spotting, and various other activities and watch young children participate in these in a child led manner. Children are given the opportunity to access the environment using their own choice as well as having a range of different resources and activities on offer to stimulate and support their leaning in a variety of different ways. Children can join in with making a fire, nature crafts or fact file activities or they can choose to do something off schedule such as search for creepy crawlies, bird watch or explore the mud kitchen. This aspect of freedom and trust encourages young children to explore, take risks and inspires learning and critical thinking in a natural setting.
Forest school offers an inspirational environment where children can learn, work on their social skills as well as benefitting their wellbeing. It is wonderful to see children who are engaged in their own active learning, and to see the skills and learning that is gained from participating in Forest School session and this is why I’m so excited to be leading Forest School with the lovely little people at Kids’ Country and watch as they flourish and grow while working outdoors.
My son Rori started at Kids country on 4th April 22, from the moment we stepped foot through the door we both felt... relaxed and happy. All the staff are so welcoming, happy, friendly and most of all professional. Rori is at Nursery full time so it’s very important to me that he’s settled and happy and he most definitely is. Just recently we’ve had some news that Rori has some mobility issues which he has to have physio for. When I made the Nursery supervisor Diane aware of this she has been nothing but supportive, offering to help with the physio and help Rori with his development, this level of support and care has helped us to cope a little better with what is a very difficult situation. The food and menus are so varied and very nutritious and since being at nursery he’s come on lots with his food. They are very much an outdoor nursery which Rori loves and we love that he gets the fresh air.
I couldn’t wish for a better place for our son to be.read more
Both of my children have attended Kids' Country and journeyed through each room. They have always happily gone into... nursery and had a fantastic time whilst there. I can see a huge difference as they transition in their speech and learning. Both children have been encouraged to shine in their own strengths
and it has been lovely to see the support from staff.
The outdoor facilities are what drew me to Kids' Country and being able to participate in forest school at such a young age.
Thank you team Kids' Country!read more
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kids Country. My little boy started here a few months ago and I cannot believe the... difference in him already. Prior to going he was very timid and would never leave my side yet since starting here he has become so much more independent and confident. His speech and language has developed so much and he comes home telling me what he has learnt and singing songs he has learnt there. Staff here are fantastic and were more than happy for me to keep ringing up to check how he is, now I don't bother as I know he absolutely loves it. Staff really went the extra mile to help him settle and put my mind at rest that he is absolutely fine. This nursery has fantastic facilities you must have a look if you are considering this nursery for your child.read more
We absolutely love Kids’ Country Day Nursery! Our son and daughter have had the best time there and absolutely... flourished! The staff are fantastic and it’s so reassuring to know that your children are in such safe hands. It’s clear how much they care about the well-being and happiness of the children. The facilities are excellent - it’s wonderful to have such a large outside space that is utilised so well. Our daughter loves her weekly Forest School sessions! The management are brilliant and are always happy to help. We are so appreciative and feel so lucky that our children attend such an outstanding nursery.read more
All we can say is our son has flourished during the past 2-3 months at Kids' Country. His speech, behaviour, manners... and social skills have all excelled. He walks in extremely excited and comes out with a big smile on his face. Whatever the team at KC do throughout the day, they do it right. He even eats the odd vegetable now!!!
We cannot thank the staff enough, the managers and team members have all gone above and beyond. Thank you Kids' Country for your dedication and commitment throughout this extremely difficult COVID time. When others were falling apart, you stayed strong and honoured your pledge to not only help ‘your’ children but other children who needed help and were struggling. You probably don’t realise the positive impact this has had on the local community and our family. We can’t thank the manager and staff at KC enough. Our little boy will be leaving you in September to start school but you certainly will never be forgotten within our household.read more
Both of our children attend Kids Country and have done for the last couple of years. It has become a very special place... to all of us. The children absolutely love going and for me as a mother that is all I could wish for. The bonds that they have made with the staff and other children is wonderful to see and it is highlighted in the way their confidence and development has grown in leaps and bounds. The setting of the nursery is fabulous and the children are always exploring the outdoors which was very important to us when moving from Australia. The team almost feel like family and I have absolutely no reservations when leaving my precious people with them as I know they will be cared for to the highest standard. My eldest will be leaving in September to go to primary school and I know he will miss Kids Country a great deal. I cannot praise them highly enough.read more
My son has been at kids country for 3 years and has enjoyed every day there! I always feel confident that he is getting... the best care every day and have found all the staff to be so caring and enthusiastic! I feel so geateful that I dont have to worry about him when he is there. He has learnt so much there and they make an effort to educate as well as play making it more than just childcare alone! I would recommend to any of my friends or family and I am sending my other son later this year when I go back to work. Thankyou to all the staff there for the wonderful job you do!read more
I can not recommend kids country enough. I was blown away by this nursery. The staff are absolutely amazing.
My little... one has come on leaps and bounds since attending.
We are heartbroken to be leaving. But thank every single member of staff for making every day an adventure for Finn xxxread more
We love Kids Country but more importantly our little boy loves it. In the morning he is so happy pointing at the door... to get in then once in waddling over to the breakfast table to enjoy breakfast with all his friends & Debs. He doesn't even look back when I leave. When I collect him in the evenings as soon as he spots me he comes over, up into my arms for a big kiss. The girls are great. It's great how they tell you what he's eaten to what they've done in the day, including any cheeky moments. We are so pleased we picked KC and recommend it to everyone Xread more
My son Cole has recently joined Kids Country Day Nursery, have to say have been very impressed with the facilities they... are amazing and most of all the lovely staff who have settled Cole in they have been wonderful Thankyou xxread more
Outstanding! Congratulations! Jo jingles had a fab time! officially the new owner today!! we have a bond! Best of luck... team, keep up the good work ;-) thank you for inviting me along today!
Cheryl & Jo xxread more
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