Welcome to My Little Explorers
My Little Explorers is proud to announce we have now opened a new all-day, year-round Forest School nursery. Situated on the Broadlands Estate at Toothill, our new setting is in an area of mixed farming, grazing and woodland, located between Romsey and Southampton.
Our new Forest School nursery at Toothill is designed to offer all the facilities we have at Farley Mount but from 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday and throughout school holidays.
We offer 30 childcare places for children from 6 months up to 5 years old.
* Places for 6 months up to 2 years old are limited, so please register your interest as soon as possible.
With our new site we have the opportunity to develop more facilities such as an on-site Explorers Kitchen to provide healthy meals for children, a Growing Plot for budding gardeners and Snooze Cabins so that children can take a proper nap during the day. Post pandemic, it is really important for young children to socialize again and regain their confidence. Following the Early Years curriculum, we build a strong foundation for future learning.
AgesMy Little Explorers forest kindergarten is open during the term time for children aged between 2 years 9 months to 4 years old. During the holidays, we run activity camps and bushcraft days for children aged from 4 years up.
FeesThe current (2022/2023) hourly rate is £8.50. Early Years Funding is available for the children who are eligible (first term after their 3rd birthday) and can be split between a second setting. Please email for a breakdown of our charges.
Session informationMy Little Explorers is open Monday to Friday with sessions as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s 8.30am – 4.00pm - Forest school session Wednesday 8.30am - 1.00pm Morning forest school session or 8.30am - 4.00pm Forest school session Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm - Morning forest school session or 9.00am - 3.00pm Forest school session
ClothingAt My Little Explorers we WILL be going outside, come rain, come shine so it is really important that the children have appropriate clothing. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! Clothes needed include: Change of clothes (full set including extra socks and pants) Full set of waterproofs* Small fleece blanket A nice warm jumper* In summer: Please include sunscreen and sun hat In winter: Please include a warm hat, gloves, scarf and wellies or snow boots Rucksack (if possible small enough for your child to carry, big enough to contain the kit above!) * My Little Explorer hoodies are available from us for £15. We can recommend a suppler who specialises in waterproofs which we use and are highly recommended. Designed in Scandinavia, these dungaree and jacket sets are great all year round – light and breathable for summer but very waterproof and windproof for winter (they can also be layered underneath with thermals, trousers and jumpers for extra warmth).
FoodWe encourage healthy eating and provide fruit or a healthy option during the day for snack time. Children need to bring their own lunch box and always bring a water bottle which we can top up if necessary. We are often in the woods having lunch around the campfire so finger foods are good, or a nice flask of soup or pasta for those colder days. Soap and water or wet wipes are used for hand washing before eating. Please be aware that we have a no-nuts policy.
Applying for a placeTo apply for a place at My Little Explorers please complete the online application form: Registration Form Kindergarten. Once a place has been confirmed you will be asked for a £75 fee to secure a place with us (£50 deposit refundable upon leaving the nursery and £25 administration fee). A deposit is not required for those children only accessing their free entitlement hours.
“We have been delighted with My Little Explorers, the learning experiences and positive environment they provide is fantastic”