LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

THE WILDLINGS WAY

Wildlings isn't just a preschool or nursery, it's a way of life for the children that join us. Their approach to every challenge, their mindset towards others, their appreciation of nature; it's Wildlings.

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WOODS BASED SESSIONS

Our sessions are based in the beautiful ancient woodland at Shining Cliff for 3 full days a week. 

Our approach is to explore and develop learning opportunities inspired by the natural outdoor environment across all areas of the Early Year Foundation Stage. We follow the children’s lead, and run with their ideas, just as we do in the hall. We use tools in a purposeful way with appropriate supervision and health and safety measures. We may build a fire to cook and prepare our snacks, with the children's assistance.


We love being in the woods for full days because of the resilience our children develop. They build the strength to not only keep trying but also the skills to support each other to succeed. The weather can bring some challenges, it’s not always sunshine and some days are harder than others, but the feeling of achievement gives us the knowledge that we can do it. As practitioners we embrace it and our children regularly astound us. A rainy day gives us wonderful puddles and mud is one of our favourite resources!

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HALL BASED SESSIONS

Our hall sessions are available 5 days a week. 

Our beautiful, bright and comfy looking room is adorned with natural, authentic real world resources. Eye catching, open ended arrangements of these resources provide opportunities to spark the children's natural curiosity. 

Our hall is alive with active, engaged little people, all digging in and finding what we’ve got available for them. Our continuous provision is fairly consistent, there’s always a full range of art and craft supplies that can be moved and used however they wish. We gradually build and extend on loose parts and woodwork once they’ve got to grips with the basics, and we use real, authentic resources as far as possible. We find things, up cycle, reuse and collect freebies, living our values of sustainability and taking responsibility for our actions. We instill a sense of duty and care for the world in which we live in all we do.

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OUR KEY PERSON APPROACH

At Wildlings, we truly value the importance of the personal bonds and connections between the children and the adults who care for them. All our team work hard to forge those connections with children, to create a positive, supportive and nurturing environment in which children know that they can turn to any adult for help, support, encouragement and companionship. 

All staff members will support the learning of all children. We carefully observe where the children's strengths, interests and skills lie and looking for the teachable moments in order to provide what each child needs at that time to bring their learning forward.  We all get to know the children who we share our days with forming close bonds and bringing our unique experience, knowledge and talents to the Wildlings experience. 

Each child will be assigned a key person when they start at Wildlings. Although all staff create observations about all children, this person will monitor the observations for your child on Famly, the app we use for communicating with our families and sharing children's learning experiences. They will highlight to the rest of the team where a child may need support or point out particular interests or strengths of the child so the whole team is aware. The key person will also complete a 2 year check for your child if they join us between their 2nd and 3rd birthdays. Again, we work collaboratively on these, so we can get a full picture of the child. They will also be a point of contact for families, along with our management team.


We want everyone- children, staff and families, to know that we are all part of the same family working together to provide the best possible environment to discover, explore and learn together. 

To find out more about our sessions and how to register your interest with Wildlings: