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why story


Why the change?

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why story


Why the change?

 

No one really knows what the children of today will need to thrive in the future. Our world is advancing more rapidly than ever before - technologically, economically, and socially - so who's to say that the jobs our children are being prepared for will even be around when they're old enough to do them. It's a little scary, and definitely food for thought.

This is why we created Kids Love Nature. We feel deeply that today, an evolved, integrated approach to early years is needed to make the best of the future for everyone. At this critical stage of childhood, it's our mission to make every day extraordinary for as many children as we can.

 
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The Approach


Transcend and include

The Approach


Transcend and include

 

By overlaying Montessori, Forest School, and Reggio Emilia philosophies, we've developed an approach that is informed by our deep understanding of human development and learning. 

The result is a nursery where your child has their unique intelligence catered to, and where they learn what it means to be a valuable citizen of the world - all in a beautiful, dynamic learning space. It's the kind of place where a child can come to deeply understand themselves, and not only discover that pursuing their dreams is a natural part of life, but that doing so can make a positive impact on the planet.

We strive for this every day, because research tells us that the experiences your child has from birth to five are the most important they'll ever have. It's a time of immense growth, where intellectual strengths need to be nurtured, and allowed the space to expand and develop. The extent to which this need is met will determine how well our children adapt and thrive as grown-ups. 

 
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Backstory


Why us?

Backstory


Why us?

What we know now is hugely different from what we knew 30 years ago, yet the way many children are educated has hardly changed at all. We created the Kids Love Nature approach to reflect the scientific understanding of our time, and to meet the cultural needs of our children. There's no better way to ensure they're prepared for the future.


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Co-founder

Alex Shepherd

Alex is a qualified Montessori teacher who also owns three outstanding Montessori nurseries with his wife, Helen.

He has over 15 years' experience delivering the highest quality early years practice to children and families. Alex leads training courses for early years practitioners, teachers, parents, and university students.

Co-founder

Ben Walliman

Ben has worked with children, families and professionals in the early years sector for over 14 years. Amongst other things, he's been a Reception Teacher, Early Years Adviser, and Head of Early Years Service.

He has trained thousands of teachers and early years practitioners in all aspects of delivering high quality early learning experiences.

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Our work


In the community

Our work


In the community

Everything is changing fast, and we’re all trying to do the best for ourselves, our families and our futures.

Our vision goes further than our nurseries. We want to explore how the Kids Love Nature approach can be used in a variety of contexts to support children’s development and enhance family life.  Here are just a few of things we're doing in the wider world:

Through our Children’s Centre projects we build emotional resilience in children and support parent-child relationships by connecting families to green spaces. As part of this, training in the Kids Love Nature approach is provided to Children’s Centre support workers and families.

Our current research and development projects include working with Eco-Schools England and Liverpool John Moores University to develop sustainability in education for the early years. As part of our new adventure at Marwell we are creating a joint post to provide research into, and evaluation of, the impact of our approach in partnership with Marwell Wildlife.

We support charities through fundraising at our family days. Parents give generously with their time and money to enable us to support local and overseas charities.

Our vision also includes parent education. We love to share what we are discovering and learning with parents through our regular talks and training programmes.

 


 

If the Kids Love Nature approach has resonated with you in some way and you'd like to learn more, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're always happy to answer questions, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.