Children are engaged, confident and extremely eager to progress with the result that their learning and progress are impressive. Staff have expert knowledge of how to use the outdoor environment to promote learning and development. They consistently question children and challenge them to think for themselves, as well as offering support to adopt a problem-solving approach when a child encounters a difficulty.
Wildflowers is what all early years provision should be, a place where children’s engagement with life is the very centre of its philosophy. This is high quality early years provision at its best.
At Wildflowers, children are valued and respected as equals. They learn to respect life – their own, other people and the natural world. I cannot think of a better start for young children.
We decided on Wildflowers for my daughter because of Helena’s solid belief in outdoor education. Every day, in all weathers, the children go outside, experiencing the flow of seasons and the cycles of nature. But it turned out to be so much more than that. The philosophy of respect is tangible; each child is fully understood and respected and thus respect the teachers. Wildflowers is a special place to grow and blossom.
At the time choosing Wildflowers, which offers something so totally different to your standard pre-school options, felt like a big decision. It didn’t take me long to feel that I couldn’t have made a better one. The children learn to work as a team, to respect each other and their environment, to appreciate everything about life and nature. The way everything is done promotes an enquiring mind and the children learn to learn from everything around them, to take it all in – to observe quietly, to join in, to listen, to help, to try their best and to persevere. The teachers make an emotional investment in your child that I just am not convinced exists elsewhere. They put so much time and thought in to each and every child that their learning programme is, in essence, bespoke. They are passionate, supportive and knowledgeable. I couldn’t have asked for more.
My daughter has been attending Wildflowers for two years and I think it has undoubtedly been the best start to her educational life that I could have asked for. With their help, she has become a more confident and outgoing child who loves nature and feels at home in it. She has been allowed to be herself, whilst being encouraged to do more and be more. She has been nurtured and loved, but never mollycoddled. She has risen to the high expectations that the staff have, but never been pushed beyond her limits. She has been given a framework from which she can grow, a solid educational foundation and has come home muddier than I ever thought possible. We feel incredibly fortunate that she got to be a Wildflower for two years. It has been an amazing experience that will stay with us for much longer.
Helena ensures that she devotes time to get to know each child as a unique individual. She understands each child’s personality and how best to support and foster their learning and development. Eloise has developed confidence in her own abilities and has become more independent in a variety of ways as a result of the experiences at Wildflowers. The encouragement she has been given in terms of her physical development, literacy and numerical skills has really increased her self-esteem.
The kindergarten offers a very special space for children to grow and learn about the world around them. I have found the teachers to be particularly respectful of the need to develop and nurture the children’s individual spirits in the best way they can. Wildflowers not only enables, but encourages crucial right-brain learning in pre-school children – the chance to develop originality, creativity, imagination and song.