- Nursery and Preschool -
'Growing Beans', Streatham's leading child care nursery
Growing Beans is a child care nursery and preschool with a difference. We are currently welcoming local children aged 3 months - 5 years and combining the best of traditional Nursery learning.
We're in a fantastic space in Streatham, with new learning and developmental techniques based on Forest School principles.
Ofsted Number: EY561211
We incorporate the full EYFS curriculum, but our approach is less about box ticking – it’s about being outdoors, playing sport and creating a home from home for the children.
Our fully trained staff look after children from 7:30am-6:30pm Monday-Friday. A minimum 10 hours a day (we are flexible about the timings). Our intake is small so there are always plenty of us to go round. We also welcome children with special needs.
We're happy to discuss fees once you are ready. Childcare vouchers and government funding are welcome.
The Forest School movement is growing rapidly and emphasises learning and development through play and activities in the natural world, by channelling children's natural enthusiasm for space and plants and animals. Children in forest schools still follow the EYFS Development Matters guidance as to how they should be developing. In practice the learning is about allowing children as much freedom as possible without putting themselves in danger, so that their curiosity leads them into learning and developing friendships with guidance from the educators, not instruction.
Some practical examples of how a Forest School education works include the ability to learn about the different seasons by being out in them, classifying things by size by finding parent and child insects, combining music and materials by helping children fashion simple instruments to hit or blow into out of different types of wood and comparing them, and teaching mathematics without seeming to by getting the children to work out how many more sticks are needed for the fire or how long a log needs to be to make a good see-saw.
Forest School isn’t just for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Babies with us are fully involved in the outdoor learning and development and have their own special baby forest school carers to help them get the most from their natural curiosity in nature.
At Growing Beans we fully embrace the Forest School movement, but not completely at the expense of other ways of learning, so we strike a balance and make the most of a variety of opportunities for learning and development. This means we also spend some time at our base, doing music, reading stories, singing, dancing, arts and crafts and so much more. We look forward to welcoming you to our happy family.
What makes a Forest School ethos?
How is it magical for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers?
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Ages: Little to Bigger Beans
0 to 18/24 months
For our littlest beans we offer the premium home away from home experience. Each and every child is offered personalised individualised care depending on their specific needs.
24 to 36 months
As our beans grow we introduce new activities, challenges and themes promoting personal growth and self-confidence. We provide a stimulating environment with hands on sensory experiences including gardening, dress up, nature outing and more.
36 months plus
Our biggest runner beans prepare for life beyond nursery. We aim to challenge and inspire through homework activities, introduction to languages and maths. We encourage leadership, self-confidence and friendship making so that each child goes to school confident and self assured.
✓Circle Time – we use singing and finger rhymes to develop children’s vocabulary
✓Free Play – with nudging and encouragement, this allows the children to explore their own interests and instincts
✓Messy Play – working with water, cornflower etc. to discover textures and shapes
✓Story Time – by following along with the pictures they begin to grasp the fun of written words
A Typical Baby Day...
Our babies have so much fun! We know that babies and toddlers have different needs, so we always ensure everything is tailored specifically to your child’s needs.
Care at Growing Beans is holistic so we also spend lots of time reading stories, playing music and singing songs with our babies. There are lots more planned activities and games on offer. For example, Spanish and a singing and action class run by adventure box. We follow different themes each month and do a wide range of arts and grafts, sports, outdoor games and more.
We know that babies and toddlers have different needs, so we always ensure everything is tailored specifically to your child’s needs. As part of our Forest School ethos, outdoor learning is a huge part of our our learning and development and we get the children out every day for a nature walk to Tooting Bec common where we will do some child led activities, athletic tracks for sports running, ball games or other physical activities and visiting the Library.
Care at Growing Beans is holistic so we also spend lots of time reading stories, playing music and singing songs with our babies. There are lots more planned activities and games on offer, we follow different themes each month and do a wide range of arts and grafts, sports such as tennis, outdoor games and so much more.
A Typical Baby Day...
Breakfast & nappy changing
Singing songs & reading stories
Morning snack time
11:15 - 11:30
Wake up & Nappy change
Spanish, messy play & one-on-one activities
Free play & nappy change
Free play & kitchen play (baking etc.)
Snack time & nappy change
Free play & home time
What our Toddlers get up to...
Tennis (Mon), Ballet (Tues), Library (Weds), Spanish (Frid)
Activity & Outdoor activity
Free play & home time
Breakfast & free play
Circle time, group time, self-registration & morning snack
Outdoor time & activity
Reading time, phonics, show & tell
Free play (arts & crafts, puzzles, sand, construction, water, sensory play & messy play)