With adult support children learn how to use these tools correctly and understand their use. Children start to understand how to use these tools safely and are supported to do so by adults.
We provide time, space, resources and skilled, understanding, experienced staff who
facilitate the development of our children and joy of childhood in a most holistic way. Our
environment allows children to grow in all areas of their development and learning; a place
where they can develop their innate inquisitiveness and that allows their natural curiosity to
flourish whilst at the same time making magical memories.
Whilst we take the children’s lead and encourage them to follow their interests, we offer
skills-based activity because we strongly believe that children deserve more! By working in
this way we are able to provide new, different and exciting experiences; things that the
children may not have encountered before and to increase their cultural capital. Risk taking
is embedded in our practice sparking joy and a pleasure in learning. By spending so much
time outdoors the awe and wonder of the natural world runs through everything we do.
It is important to us that when children leave The Shepherd’s Hut to start the next stage of
their life they are ‘ready’. To us this means that they are confident, enthusiastic,
independent and self-motivated little people ready for life in school. Our ethos encourages
them to develop good social skills and empathy. Happy, polite, helpful and willing children
who know that it’s ok if things don’t go right all the time and have the confidence to try
again or just put it down to experience.
To sum up…we strive for children to leave us with a love of learning & confidence for life!