Forest schools in Balham

 

Location 1: Forest nursery - Little Beans Boutique Nursery 

*Spaces Available at our forest nursery in Balham*

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Location 1. Little Beans Boutique in Balham

Location 2. Lucky Beans Childminding Balham​​

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About Little Beans Boutique Nursery Balham

Little Beans Boutique Nursery Balham incorporates the full EYFS curriculum and is much more than box-ticking – it’s about being outdoors and creating a home from home that makes children feel happy and safe. 

 

The Nursery will open its doors at the beginning of April 2021 and we already have a couple of little ones who will be joining us!

All our staff are fully trained childcare providers with lots of experience in caring for children under the age of 2.

The boutique nursery offers an alternative to the larger setting with a very personalised offering. 

Little Beans Boutique Nursery Balham is OFSTED registered.

 

We are open from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Childcare vouchers and Tax - Free childcare are welcome. 

We will love you to visit us and discuss your needs!

Call us today for more information!

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Being Outdoors

  • At Lucky Beans activities outside, learning and developing in nature is hugely important.

  • We spend as much time as possible outside playing, doing activities and sports of all kinds to promote a healthy lifestyle and to help children develop their natural curiosity, independence and resilience, along with a knowledge of nature’s rhythms.

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About our forest nursery in Balham

Little Beans Boutique Nursery Balham incorporates the full EYFS curriculum and is a forest school.

Our child carers are fully trained with lots of experience in caring for children from 0 to 2 years old.

Why is Forest School important for your child?

Our child care is more than box-ticking – it’s about being outdoors and creating a home from home that makes children feel happy and safe. 

The main benefit of Foret School is that it helps children to grow in confidence.

 

Confidence is built through the freedom, time and space the child is allowed when learning. They demonstrate independence and work to their own pace.

We're open from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Childcare vouchers and Tax - Free childcare are welcome. 

We will love you to visit us and discuss your needs!

Call us today for more information!

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We get the kids outdoors as much as possible

  • Activities outside, learning and developing in nature is hugely important.

  • We play sports and do activities of all kinds to promote a healthy lifestyle.
     

  • Children develop their natural curiosity, independence and resilience, along with a knowledge of nature’s rhythms.

Cherish every day...

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We love being creative!

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. 

We believe that an important life-skill for children is teaching them to nurture other living things, so we grow lots of things like fruits, herbs and vegetables to use in our cooking. 

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A Typical Baby Day...

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7:30-8:45

Breakfast & Brush Teeth

8:45-9:00

Nappy change 

9:00-9:20

Story time/Sing along time

9:20-9:45

Messy play

9:45-10:00

Snack time and Water

10:00 - 11:00

Park/ Playground/ Structure Activities (based in the  theme of the month)

11:00-11:30

Free play

11:30-12:15

Lunch

12:15-12:30

Nappy changing

12:30-2:30

Singing songs & reading stories

2:30-2:45

Nappy change

2:45-3:00

Snack time and Water

3:00-4:00

Structured activity (based on the theme of the month)

4:00 - 4:30

Puzzle/ Block play/ Story time

4:30-5:15

Supper/ Brush Teeth

5:15-5:30

Nappy change

5:30-6:30

Free play/ Sing along

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The World Is Our Playground

By getting children outside every day we usually go to the park or in our amazing outside play area.

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, outdoor games and so much more.

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A Typical Baby Day...

baby

7:30-8:45

Breakfast & Brush Teeth

8:45-9:00

Nappy change 

9:00-9:20

Story time/Sing along time

9:20-9:45

Messy play

9:45-10:00

Snack time and Water

10:00 - 11:00

Park/ Playground/ Structure Activities (based in the  theme of the month)

11:00-11:30

Free play

11:30-12:15

Lunch

12:15-12:30

Nappy changing

12:30-2:30

Singing songs & reading stories

2:30-2:45

Nappy change

2:45-3:00

Snack time and Water

3:00-4:00

Structured activity (based on the theme of the month)

4:00 - 4:30

Puzzle/ Block play/ Story time

4:30-5:15

Supper/ Brush Teeth

5:15-5:30

Nappy change

5:30-6:30

Free play / Sing along

Meet The Manager

Meet The Manager

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Maria
Nursery manager

Learning

  •  ✓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

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Learning

  •  ✓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

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A Typical Baby Day... 

Our babies have so much fun! We know that all babies are different and have different needs, so we always ensure everything is tailored specifically to your child’s needs. 

 

Care at Little Beans Boutique Nursery Balham 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. 

A Typical Baby Day... 

Our babies have so much fun at either of our baby nurseries in Balham. We know that all babies are different and have different needs, so we always ensure everything is tailored specifically to your child’s needs. 

 

Care at Little Beans Boutique Nursery Balham 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. 

 
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*Childminding Spaces available* - call us for more information

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About our Childminding

Our childminders in Balham are fully trained and work alongside Caroline, looking after children aged from 6 months up to 2.5 years old. 

 

Available to childmind from 7:30am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and a minimum of 10 hours per day (Caroline is flexible about these timings, please ask).

 

Our intake is only small so there’s always plenty of us to go round. 

Little Beans Balham is:

 

  •     ✓Fully OFSTED registered (EY537821)

  •     ✓A member of PACEY

 

We're happy to discuss our childminding fees in Balham once you're ready. Childcare vouchers and government funding are welcome. We also welcome children with special needs.

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Learning

  •  ✓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.

No Day Is Typical...

This is the playroom and garden room, as you can see they’re well stocked and this will be where your child spends their time with me when we’re not out and about or in the garden.

 

The toys, books, arts and crafts, dressing up clothes and musical instruments in this room will support your child’s learning and be an outlet for their artistic sides.

Typical Daily Timetable

7:30-8:45

Breakfast & Brush Teeth

8:45-9:00

Nappy change

9:00-9:30

Free play & various optional activities 

9:30-10:00

Music & Singing & Story

10:00-10:15

Snack & Water

11:30-11:45

Nappy change

11:45-12:30

Lunch

12:30-1:30

Free play & sleep

1:30-2:45

Structured activity relating to topic of month & educational games

2:45-3:00

Snack & Water

3:00-3:15

Nappy change

3:15-4:30

Free play & Various optional activities

4:30-5:15

Supper

5:15-5:30

Nappy change

5:30-6:30

Free play & Story

Me, My Family and Our Home...

My name is Caroline and I am an OFSTED approved child minder and a mother. My philosophy is that all children thrive in a stimulating, nurturing and caring environment. I am 53 years old and live with my husband and our 4 sons aged from 6 to 23. I have had lots of experience with childcare throughout my life, having been a governor for our local school and having worked in a local orphanage when I was still living in South Africa. I have been a working Mum with a career as a psychologist so I fully understand the stresses and strains of balancing home and work life.

  

I believe in not just in developing the skills laid down by EYFS but in enriching children’s lives with music, cooking, gardening and arts and crafts and sport. Lucky Beans has been operating since January 2016 and as well as a lovely Playroom at the back of the house, large amounts of books and toys and safety-conscious modifications to all the areas the children are allowed in, I have a lovely garden and a separate Garden Room  for the children to develop and explore (please see pictures on next page for all of these areas).

 

My service provides a home from home. Having sent my children to nursery, a child minder and had nannies/au pairs, I fully understand the variety of options available and the value that such a service can provide. I am a member of PACEY and hold a certificate from them in basic food hygiene (Level 2) and a certificate from Wandsworth Council for home-based care and Safeguarding and in paediatric first aid (Level 3)

 

I know how important it is for parents to go to work knowing that their children are well cared for. I also understand the need to provide parents with the information and support they need to feel satisfied and supported by their childcare provider – I want to involve you as much as possible!

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 Our boys

My pride and joys - the boys with their cousins in Cornwall! They are a pretty independent bunch – except for the littlest one, and even then just you try keeping him away from a puddle!

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My husband, Simon

I first met Simon at university and he is my husband and best friend. He is very supportive of my childminding, and will lend a hand if a parent is unavoidably delayed picking up their little one or if a game of cricket in the garden is in the offing!

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Our dog, Milo! 

He’s 17 years old, has no teeth left and is as friendly as can be. Animals are great for young children – they‘re on the same wavelength! They help them learn compassion and nurturing and while Milo probably won’t be around much at home he’s great fun to play with in the park.