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Adventure in the Woods summer holiday sessions will be run throughout July and August. Please see our adventure in the woods page for more dates.
At the Elves and Fairies Woodland Nursery finding time to experience nature is of high priority.
We are an Outdoor Nursery and Forest School, with a cosy indoor space that we use in extreme weather. We believe that the closer to nature the children are the happier they will be and the more they will learn. Free to explore natures riches, a child’s’ senses are heightened, which enhances their creative and imaginative play.
Our focus is on ‘the whole child’ and helping them develop at their own pace in their own way, whilst achieving the Early Years Foundation Stage goals.
Elves & Fairies Woodland Nursery and it’s staff are committed to help the children achieve their maximum potential. through outdoor play and learning they develop:
During our sessions the children go for woodland walks and picnics, jump in puddles, chase butterflies and clamber over fallen branches, make sand castles, mud pies and imaginative potions, smell flowers, rain and damp leaves, listen to bird song, the cracking of ice and the wind in the trees.
They grow vegetables and flowers, learn camp fire skills, prepare and watch their food being cooked. They feel at one with nature, enjoying themselves in all but the most inclement weather, when the children spend time in our beautiful indoor space playing with wooden toys and natural materials, enriching their creative life with activities such as painting, singing, dancing, story telling, sewing, weaving and baking bread.
Parents/carers are invited to experience a Nursery session and as we wish your child’s first experience of Nursery to be a happy one, they are also welcome to stay in the Nursery during the settling in period.
Ofsted regulated reg. EY357014
Set in a beautiful environment, at Elves & Fairies Woodland Nursery and Edmondsham Forest School we aim to bring out the creative and imaginative side of your child and to inspire a sense of wonder and reverence for nature through our holistic, friendly approach. Keeping our groups small, with a high adult to child ratio, helps children feel comfortable and secure, which enables them to learn, grow and gain confidence in a joyful and natural way.
At the Edmondsham Forest School and the Elves & Fairies Woodland Nursery, the philosophy is to inspire and encourage individuals of all ages. Through positive outdoor experiences using nature as the teacher. Forest School provides (...)Learn More
Elves and Fairies Woodland Nursery is an Outdoor Kindergarten & Forest School in Edmondsham, Nr Verwood, Dorset. We are ideally situated on the border of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. The wonder of learning through nature. At The Elves (...)Learn More
This group offers a calm and enjoyable opportunity for families to make friends, sing songs and rhymes and go for walks and picnics together. And for those who wish to send their child to our (...)Learn More
Adventure in the woods holiday sessions are open to all children from 3 - 8 and 8 -11 years of age, whether or not they attend Kindergarten. We also welcome the 2 year old's who (...)Learn More
Jenna has really blossomed at Elves and Fairies and I believe this is due to the safe and caring environment that this exceptional Kindergarten provides. It offers the children with opportunities to develop through play and use their imagination, whilst also gaining an understanding of nature and the outdoors, while following the Early years Curriculum. Car
Both of our boys have enjoyed Elves and Fairies. The learning journals are extremely detailed. The staff are so skilled at identifying learning opportunities in the natural environment and know how to extend the activity in a way that supports learning and maintains the spontaneity of the moment. We have been thrilled with this nursery and would recommend it without hesitation. Hilary King
My daughter and i have been attending the toddler group at Elves and Fairies forest school for almost a year. i really like the ballance of free play,circle time , group snack and activities. I like how the activities (wild flower crowns, lantern making and christmas tree decorations) utilises natural materials we have found in the site and reflect on the changing seasons. The other aspect which i really value is how the toddler group and forest school come together for events (eg lantern walk, christmas party etc). This makes us feel part of a wider community and i have been really impressesd at how the other members of staff have interacted with my daughter. Lauren Mackie January 2017
By keeping the Kindergarten group small, with a high ratio of adult to child supervision and being sensitive to the needs of the individual, we aim to bring out the best in the children by means of creative activities and imaginative play, supporting each child in their development and helping them to reach their true potential at their own pace, without pushing them forward before they are ready. Our approach to educating the child is through play and role modelling, and we encourage them to be creative and imaginative by surrounding them with simple, natural toys and fabrics when they are inside and by spending as much time as possible outside in the woods and fields where they feel at one with nature and the changing seasons.