Daffodils Outdoor Nursery is a unique childcare setting providing care for children age 6 months-5 years, ran by highly qualified, experienced staff. Based in Arthingworth and surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, we offer an exciting opportunity for your children to experience freedom to learn in the outdoors. We promote the long established philosophies of the Scandinavian Forest kindergartens where children explore, learn and develop their skills whatever the weather! Daffodils is committed to promoting a ‘have a go’ attitude, encouraging children to be resourceful, inventive and creative. We understand and value how competent pre-school children can be, and how well they respond to being trusted with responsibility, thus boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
Research shows that time spent outdoors can have huge benefits to a child’s health, well-being and learning. As a setting, we fully support this and aim to spend up to 80% of our day playing and learning in our beautiful outdoor space. We also have an amazing indoor space, whether it be for cosy winter story times, breakfast around our big table, or simply to come in and get warm and dry after playing in the rain.
Our days will be filled with activities and play that is led by the children’s innate curiosity. Our outdoor approach to learning allows the children to manage their own risks and challenges, supported by professional early years practitioners who will enhance their learning opportunities. Outdoor phonics sessions are on offer for older children who are preparing to leave to start school, if they wish to take part. We provide a nurturing, holistic approach with bags of fun and creativity thrown in. You can be sure that your child will have a wonderful time at Daffodils.
Wood work (with real tools!), risky play, messy play, Forest school sessions, art with nature, clay modelling, creative modelling, outdoor cooking, sand/water play, mud kitchen cooking! den building, bird watching, dancing, singing, music sessions, climbing, building, yoga and much more!
The outdoor nursery concept on its own would be nothing without the right team to inspire the children and help them learn. At Daffodils Outdoor Nursery, we are committed to building a strong team of passionate, knowledgeable teachers who really care about children and believe in our unique ethos.
I am a qualified teacher with over 18 years experience in early years and childcare. I also have experience of working with children with learning differences and pride myself on being a highly inclusive practitioner. I am also a mum of two and have seen the huge benefits that being outdoors has had on my own children.
I have always believed strongly in the importance of outdoor play, but my real passion for it came when completing my training for Early Years Professional Status. I decided to set up an outdoor woodland playgroup for families in my local area. The group was a huge success, and seeing the way the families and children adapted to the natural environment fuelled my love of learning in the outdoors. Our days were spent playing in the stream, making mud pies, climbing trees, cooking over the fire and generally having a wonderful time outside, whatever the weather! My happiest childhood memories are that of running through fields, building dens, and climbing trees. I grew up in the countryside and it is only now, as an adult that I realise just what a privilege it was. Childhood in the 21st century appears to have lost a bit of ‘outdoor’ spark, I want to help re-ignite that spark for as many children and their families as possible.
It has always been a dream of mine to open my own nursery, and I knew that if the opportunity ever came my way, it would be a unique childcare setting in which children would thrive, and have a chance to fall in love with the natural world. The best classroom really does have no walls. I am also passionate about child initiated learning, and in this ever changing world with top down pressure from governments and policy makers, I believe it is of the utmost importance that we, as childcare professionals, remember to provide children with the right type of environment, suitable for their age and ability. By following a child’s lead and responding to their curiosity, the best type of learning will take place through their own initiated play.
Qualified Teacher Status (Early Years Specialist), Early Years Professional Status, BSc Psychology, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Paediatric First Aid, Makaton signing, Food Hygiene certificate, Autism Awareness
I am a level 3 qualified nursery nurse and have been working in early years since leaving school. I have worked in private nurseries, and also as a nanny, caring for children in their own home. I have also worked in America at Summer camps as the lead arts and crafts co-ordinator, and have experience with working with both disabled children and those with learning difficulties.
I have a passion for creativity and believe that every child should be given the opportunity to express themselves freely and be offered many different varied ways of doing so. The Reggio Emilia approach is embedded within my philosophy to learning; an approach that sees the child driven by curiosity and imagination. A philosophy that listens to the child and is directed by their natural desire to explore, create, vocalise and challenge themselves within a safe and secure environment.
I am passionate about quality childcare and inspiring every child to reach their full potential. I am extremely excited about providing children at Daffodils with the opportunity to express themselves freely in the outdoor environment and encouraging their creative potential.
NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Food Hygiene certificate, ‘Lets Communicate with Signs & Symbols’, ‘How Children See Us’, ‘Using the Outdoor Environment’. Camp America training – Autism awareness, Epilepsy training, Cultural Diversity awareness training.
I am level 6 qualified and have been working in childcare since leaving college. I studied and completed my degree whilst working which was challenging but a huge personal achievement. As a child I was forever exploring my outdoor environment, bike riding, swimming in streams and walking for miles. My passion to be active outside has continued as an adult and now that I have my little dog Maggie, we are forever on adventures, in all weathers!
I am a firm believer in child led learning as the freedom to follow the curiosity of your own mind can spark so many learning opportunities and I too learn something new every day alongside the children at Daffodils. I have grown as a practitioner and I am excited about the opportunities that we can provide for children at our nursery. I have a passion for expressive arts and creativity and believe that there is not much a sing and dance cannot solve! You will most likely find me singing in the woodlands dressed as a dragon!
Daffodils Outdoor Nursery will be recruiting soon. Please keep an eye on this website for up to date information about any new members of staff.