Outdoor Day Nursery
Where Children are unfolded not moulded
Welcome to The Shepherd’s Hut Outdoor Day Nursery. We offer tailored high quality childcare for children aged 0 to 5 years. Using nature to nurture, we provide children with a wonderful introduction to their first independent steps in the world.
Having established Chiltern Forest School we have watched school-age children thrive through outdoor learning and play. Seeing first-hand the positive impact Forest School has on the children, and in response to demand, we decided to extend this opportunity to pre-school children by opening our unique Outdoor Day Nursery. Through the magic of our beautiful outdoor setting we combine child care with education allowing children to flourish and grow as individuals. We provide a foundation upon which children can learn whilst nurturing their personal and social development.
What sets us apart?
With up to 80% of the day spent outdoors and through a diverse range of activities, children that attend our nursery have the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals. The Forest School ethos within a nursery setting is proven to:
* build self-esteem
* encourage independence
* grow knowledge of the “world around us”
* promote and instil the benefits of team work
* ensure children have fun whilst meeting the essential requirements of the EYFS Framework
Along with the combination of our unique setting and a high adult to child ratio, children are both inspired and engaged to develop their own characters and self-confidence. We see every day at the Shepherd’s Hut as an opportunity to grow, challenge and build expectations within our children. How do we do this? Through a broad variety of child-led activities including arts, crafts, tool work, planting, tending and harvesting fruit and vegetables. Our staff are qualified and experienced and will always ensure the children have their undivided care, support and encouragement.
"From walking in to The Shepherd’s Hut outdoor nursery our reserved, quiet two year old and I were greeted by warm, friendly, and very enthusiastic staff. Without prompting he was immediately immersed in the wonderful setting, and we have had the joy of seeing him being ‘unfolded’. His self-esteem has been nurtured and he fills with pride when telling friends and family all about the amazing activities he has completed at ‘school’. As parents we feel extremely lucky that he has the opportunity to have a full childhood, and has a love of learning in this beautiful holistic, child-led setting."
Based near Wendover on an enclosed and picturesque piece of farmland, in the foothills below Coombe Hill, The Shepherd’s Hut Outdoor Day Nursery comprises a number of structures. Designed with children at heart, we have a heated yurt for indoor activities, quiet time and inclement weather. Alongside this we have a designated Forest School area, mud kitchen, a fruit and vegetable patch where we will grow, cultivate and eat our harvest.
We opened our doors in August 2018 and are delighted to offer quality childcare from 8am to 4.30pm, 41 weeks of the year. A Holiday Club will be available during the Summer and Easter school holidays from 9am to 2pm.
* 8 - 12.15pm
* 12.15 - 4.30pm
* Or all day from 8 - 4.30pm
We offer Universal Funding and Extended Entitlement for eligible children.
We are closed Bank Holidays and for one week over the Christmas period.
Older siblings are welcome at the Holiday Club during the holiday periods stated above.
To ensure we give children the best learning opportunities and a smooth settling in period, we ask for a minimum booking of three sessions per week.
Where children are unfolded, not moulded…………
To find out more about The Shepherd’s Hut Outdoor Day Nursery please contact us at:
(ref:TSH REG) or 01296 706565