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Nature nursery for babies

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Woodentots Montessori Nature Babies
128 Myddleton Road
N22 8NQ

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This is the newest addition to our family, with the quality, care and attention to detail you would expect of Woodentots.

Nature Babies offers a bespoke day nursery for 16 babies, from 3 months to 3 years old. The environment has been well thought out to offer a natural sensory experience. Beautiful wooden toys and materials that are carefully chosen for heuristic play. Following the Montessori philosophy “help me to do it alone” low level shelves and baskets are arranged with “treasure baskets” to develop sensory awareness, strengthen cognitive development and promote independence. Imagination and creativity are nurtured through free play with simple toys and natural materials. Set up by Paula Woodman,  who is a passionate Montessorian and nature lover with 30 years of experience. Both Montessori and Forest School trained she is gifted in finding OUTSTANDING teachers for her schools. Awarded Montessorian of The Year 2017, Paula has always wanted to offer something truly special compared to what the conventional day nurseries offer for babies. She has created a homely nurturing environment and a protected place to prepare for joining a larger group of children from the age of 3.

Inspired by Montessori,
Inspired by Steiner,
Inspired by Nature.

Every day come rain or shine we will go out and about in our “turtle bus” (pushchair for 6) to access nature in our own natural garden . 3 days a week the children go to Forest School where child – led exploration offers watching, listening, touching and smelling nature.  Our walkers have a fuller Forest School experience building dens , creating natural crafts , identifying mini beasts and pond dipping .

Weekly activities include:

  • Music
  • Organic Bread making
  • Candle time

Freshly prepared meals will be provided by our cook: where possible the ingredients will be organic and we will offer both purees or baby led weaning. We will be guided by our parents in how they would like us to support this. We will provide breakfast, midmorning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks and supper. Meals are shared together around a low table to encourage social skills.

Baby led weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. According to the most recent research most babies reach out for food at around six months. By then, our children are developmentally capable of feeding themselves with proper food.

Typical meals:

  • Breakfast – porridge fingers, eggy bread.
  • Snacks – hand held munchies suitable for when we are out and about, cooked sticks like carrots, sweet potato, courgette, raw chunks like banana, apple, melon.
  • Lunch – a ‘family’ lunch eaten together around low level tables. Frittata, savoury muffins, pasta, followed by chunks of fruit
  • Tea – wholesome cooked food like fishcakes, chicken skewers, avocado, sweet potato wedges, followed by yoghurt, chia pudding, fruit.

Bottles and milk to be provided by the Parent.

Nappies – at Woodentots we use eco-friendly nappies and wipes which will be provided. Parents can bring their own nappies/wipes/creams if they prefer.
Changing nappies whilst out and about – we take out a kit which will include a pop-up nappy changing tent and portable change mat.
We will be led by your baby’s natural rhythm for nap times.

Our sleep coracles offer freedom for the babies to crawl in and out for a nap as they feel ready to. We will also help with following their natural rhythms settling them down for a nap with their own blankets and soothers. Our tranquil nap room is kept to a comfortable temperature, meditation music, oils burning and slightly darkened to promote a peaceful nap time. Babies are always put on their backs and a staff member is in the room to monitor them.
Some babies may nap whilst we are out and about, the “turtle bus” has reclining seats during these times. Sleeping outdoors is believed to improve overall health.

Closures Dates

  • Easter Break – Last day Wednesday 8th April 2020 – return Monday 20th April 2020
  • Bank Holidays 2020 – 8th May, 25th May, 31st August
  • Christmas Break –  21st – 28th Dec. (School opens 29th and 30th Dec)
  • Christmas/New Year hols – 31st Dec – 3rd Jan
  • School opens 2021 – January 4th

Payments are Paid Monthly by Direct Debit (1 month in advance)

  • 2 days a week £816.67 monthly
  • 3 days a week £1225 monthly
  • 4 days a week £1633.33 monthly
  • 5 days a week £2041.67 monthly

These charges reflect holiday closure dates.

You are warmly welcomed to visit the setting, to make an appointment please email the school.