'The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky'

- Margaret McMillan

Join the Filthy Squirrel Family.

At Filthy Squirrels, we are proud to offer you a different kind of nursery education. We are open to children aged 2 years 6 months to school age from 8.30 – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Fees

Non Funded Daily Fee 9am – 3pm – £36 per day

Funded Daily Fee  9am – 3pm – £6 per day

8.30 – 9am – £3

3pm – 5pm – £6 per hour

Minimum attendance is 2 days a week from 9am – 3pm.

 

Funded Fees

We offer a number of funded places to children who are eligible. These spaces are offered between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.  In order to be able to offer funded places, we ask for a £6 per day contribution to cover snacks, resources and activities.

Due to a high demand for places, we operate a waiting list. If you’d like to become part of the Filthy Squirrel Family, please register your interest here.

 

Registering with Filthy Squirrels 

To confirm your space at Filthy Squirrels, you will be required to pay a £75 non-refundable registration fee, which includes a Filthy Squirrel uniform and high quality pair of waterproofs to ensure your child stays comfortable and dry.

 “A child can hold a pencil, write their own name, count to 100 or recognise all the colours and shapes, but if they don’t know how to make friends, manage their emotions, resolve conflict, to be independent and have self-help skills, none of the other stuff matters.” 

- The Curiosity Approach

Filthy Squirrels… FREQUENTLY Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please complete this form.

Is there a minimum attendance?

In order to give children the best learning opportunities and the quickest settling in process we ask for a minimum of two days attendance per week.

Do you offer settling in sessions?

Often we find that most children are happy to get stuck in straight away, but sometimes children might take a little longer to get into the swing of things. When this is the case, we offer shorter sessions between the hours of 9am – 12pm, for the first couple of weeks to allow your child to settle. These are charged at 50% of the day rate (9 am – 3pm.) *Any more than 2 weeks of settling will be charged at full price.

What do you do when it rains and is cold?

We embrace it! As the saying goes ‘There is no such things as bad weather, just bad clothes.’ This is why we charge a registration fee and provide you with top notch waterproofs. Remaining warm and dry is essential if children are going to get the best out of their time in the woods, regardless of the weather.

What about dangerous weather?

Our aim is to be outside come rain or shine, but sometimes we will experience weathers when safety could be compromised. If this is the case, we will remain in our beautiful barn.

What about toileting?

We have two tiny toilets in the barn which we encourage children to use before getting waterproofed up, ready for the great outdoors. In the woods, we have a compost toilet and hand washing station to use after toileting and before snack time.

For children who are still in nappies or pull ups, we have a designated outdoor area for changing in privacy.  

My child needs a nap….

Naps are no problem! All that fresh air quite often encourages a great sleep. Children are welcome to sleep in our lay flat buggies in the woodland where we can keep a close eye on them.

Do you offer holiday camps?

We do!  Holiday camps for children aged 3 and up are available to book online. Days run from 8.30 – 3.30pm and cost £45 per day (inclusive of booking fee.)

What should my child bring?

Please ensure your child comes with their waterproofs, wellies, a nut free packed lunch, drinks bottle (already filled) a spare set of clothes, hats, snoods (rather than a scarf), gloves, extra socks (these often get soggy and no ones likes to be in a soggy sock) and a wet bag for the drippy, muddy wet stuff to go into. Its also a good idea to bring some slipper socks with grippy bottoms for when we go back to the barn.

Where are all the toys?

At Filthy Squirrels, we strive to use authentic resources where possible. For example, in the mud kitchen we use real cups and tea pots as opposed to a plastic toy version. We could buy brightly coloured plastic set intended for children, but we must ask ourselves what are the educational benefits to this? By using authentic resources, amazing things happen!

Respect for resources – if I drop this it will break so I must handle it carefully.

A rise in self esteem – I am allowed to handle this because I am trusted.

Confidence and competence

Crossing the mid line – making greater connections in the brain

Risk taking

Learning about consequences

Critical thinking

Problem solving – learning you have to hold the lid on as you pour.

Imagination

Sustainability

Level of engagement

Concentration

Learning new skills

How do children become ‘school ready’ at Filthy Squirrels?

Being ‘school ready’ isn’t about children being able to read, write and do mental calculations before they’ve even stepped through the classroom door. Being school ready, means having strong social skills, being able to cope emotionally when separated from their parents or carers, being relatively independent in their own personal care and to having a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn. An outdoor environment is the perfect place to hone all these skills. In addition to this, the physical benefits are massive and will have a great impact on skills such as writing as they get older. If children are resilient and confident, they will go on to do wonderful things.

The Threshing Barn, Unit 8,

Fifield Bavant,

Wiltshire, SP5 5HT