About

At the heart of The Learning Meadow is a passion for nurturing through nature, enabling your children to explore, create and discover in our beautiful meadow; with our animal friends. This is further enhanced by our forward thinking staff who are passionate about guiding children to problem solve, risk assess and make choices that empower them to succeed within the beauty of our natural surroundings, whilst enabling them to experience and embrace the beautiful environment, forming lasting treasured memories and a lifelong attitude to learning.

 

​You can see The Learning Meadow in action in our Photo and Video galleries.​

 

We encourage children’s creativity and imagination, to ensure we capture the magic of childhood and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential in every area of their development. We heavily focus on emotional and social development to ensure that by the time your children go to school they have gained skills such as being able to hold a conversation, make relationships, be confident, work as a team and problem solve. All required as a foundation to learning.

 

Our ethos ensures that we follow the children’s lead through the platform of ‘In the Moment Planning’. Your children will access an enabling environment full of rich, natural, open ended and real life resources supported by our most valuable resource – our staff team. We extend your children’s learning with open ended questions and motivate your children to learn through doing and play. The well-being and holistic development of all children will be at the centre of our practice.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (2021) our statutory guidance, places a strong emphasis on the importance and value of rich interactions with our staff who draw on their knowledge of your children and their own professional judgements. We find teachable moments, record them and plot your children’s progress through each term. You have constant access to your child’s day through our digital EY Log system and we have 3 parent meetings a year. We welcome you to the door everyday and enjoy telling you all about our day.

 

The Learning Meadow will expose children from 2 – 5 years old to not only learn through nature, but through a cycle of sustainable projects. We promote a healthy environment through growing our own fruit and vegetables which we cook on our fire pit. We will work closely with local businesses to supply us with groceries such as milk and fruit that the children will enjoy for their snacks. We will encourage bee’s onto the meadow and teach the children the importance of this to our world. 

 

Life here at The Learning Meadow will offer countless first-hand experiences of life and growth, with endless opportunities for creativity and imagination; we will spend 80% of our day in the great outdoors in all weathers. Your children will be exposed to opportunities such as our interactive sheep shearing demonstrations, our donkeys having their annual teeth check up, chicks hatching and countless bug hunts.

 

There are sheltered areas around the meadow such as the beach, the library and the dinning room as well as the mud kitchen and workshop spaces all covered yet still allowing the flow of air to circulate around your children. Our purpose built lodge is where we start our day with the offer of a fresh healthy breakfast and shelter from both sun and cold with our combination heating and air conditioning system.

 

We hope that partnerships with parents and carers will become a key part of life here at The Learning Meadow, with the lodge being shared by our families such as our Christmas wreath making events and parents meetings.

 

If you would like to visit or require more information please email Dawn on info@thelearningmeadow.co.uk

We very much look forward to meeting you and your children.​

The Learning Meadow,Crockerton
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I wanted to say that I bought my copy of the Lorax home from work today and whilst rooting through "mummy's pile of books from work" J found it and listened whilst I read her the whole book. She said "Louise read it at nursery.  It's one of my favourites". Then this evening J spent twenty minutes telling me the story of How to Grow a Dinosaur. Which she then told me that Claire read.

You are really capturing her imagination”.

Satisfied Parent

Great Staff, Great Settings will be an excellent place for children to develop and grow in a natural environment

Wayne Ovenden