What we do...
I am a firm beleiver in 'real life' learning, in experiencing the world around us through simply getting out, getting involved and being part of our community. Trips are tailored to the children I have on a particular day. The outdoors holds so many opportunities for us and I like to get outside every day, sometimes incorporating Forest School activities, sometimes for adventures in the woods or along the riverbank and sometimes trips to libraries, museums and open farms. Seasonal theme's run through our days here to guide our learning and to provide a framework on which to hang our planned activities.
At Paddock Cottage, we are guided by Montessori Method principles, with quality toys on the toy shelves. Beautiful home-cooked locally sourced food is served from our woodburning oven. You’ll find few unnecessary chemicals, additives or processed food, but instead, homemade cordials, fruit and veg from the garden, baking from scratch and involvement every step of the way.
"My job is not to control, manage and govern, but to nurture, encourage and kindle."
At Paddock Cottage, caring for children isn’t just providing childcare, it’s a way of life. A way of life that is wholesome, healthy, nurturing and interesting. We don’t really watch TV here, or play on tablets. Not because I believe that screens are bad, but because there is generally something better to do...(and it leaves room for some screen-watching downtime when you get home and at the weekend.)
"It’s being involved in life from the start, nurturing from the heart and being inspired every day by the enthusiasm and wonder that comes so naturally to children."
As a Forest Schools trained practitioner, I love being outdoors, and believe that children are happiest when allowed to explore the natural environment; from tree climbing and den buildning to simply exploring the woods and learning the names of the trees and plants around us. Find out more about Forest Schools at Paddock Cottage HERE.