At Wildflowers Kindergarten in mid-Hampshire, children aged 2 to 6 years have opportunities to learn from experiences in environments which inspire exploration, creativity and imagination.
Each morning, the group goes to any of about 25 places in nearby woods and parkland to play. In the afternoon, they rest, eat a warm home-cooked meal and engage in creative activities in and by a beautiful listed barn.
The children are supported by experienced and reflective educators who nurture attentive and inquisitive minds, foster consideration and positive attitudes to meeting challenges, and teach them life skills.
Wildflowers was founded by its manager Helena Nilsson in 2005, being the first outdoor preschool in Britain. She leads the group with Kim, trained as a primary teacher, and Tamsin. The three are mothers and have been working together for some years.
The quality and standards of Wildflowers' provision of care and education were rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2010 and 2014:
“Children are engaged, confident and extremely eager to progress, with the result that their learning and progress are impressive.”
“This kind of teaching, seizing every opportunity to encourage children’s development is inspirational.”
“All areas of learning are covered in an exceptional way in the outdoor environment.”
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