Friends Forest Nursery Ash

Friends Forest Nursery Ash


Lots of fun making the ginger bread men with "the sand" of biscuit mix you made for us!
Thank you for the lovely gift!
I know itโ€™s early and you probably donโ€™t yet know, but any idea if youโ€™ll be open on Monday or moving forward?
Sheโ€™s coming to get you!!
Hi All. Amber wanted to share with you her achievement for this week. She is super proud of herself ๐Ÿ˜‚
Alexander turned 3 today!
Teddy loves the Lion King so we decided to create the land. We also added in cornflour,blue food colouring and water for the animals to splash around in ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฆ.
Jane Bolger posted this on her page. Whilst your out for your daily walks or enjoying the sunshine in your garden, look out for these Butterflies and Moths. Jane has seen 3 of them, one landed on her finger ๐Ÿฆ‹
Alexander and Imogen had fun painting with their feet today. Alexander is missing you all very much.
C is keen to do Wake Up and Shake Up but I can't find anything on the internet that matches what he's expecting - please can you help?!
Busy Bee!! She misses you all soooo much x

Welcome to Friends Forest Nursery Ash. Friends Forest Nursery Ash is a Nursery with a difference.

Situated in the Surrey Hills, our Forest School Nursery inspires children with our hands-on approach to learning both indoors and out. We are open full-time from 7:30am - 6:30pm caring for children from 3 months to 5 years. Our philosophy is that every child we care for deserves a calm, caring, safe and stimulating environment in which to learn. We adhere to our registration on the Ofsted Early Ye

Operating as usual

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๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—”๐˜€๐—ต, ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐Ÿฏ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐Ÿฑ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ, ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ!

We currently have Nursery Nurse positions (Qualified) and Lunch Time Assistant positions (Qualified or Unqualified) available.

๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐˜€:
โญ๏ธ Generous discount in childcare
โญ๏ธ Competitive salary
โญ๏ธ Uniform bonus
โญ๏ธ Lunch provided
โญ๏ธ Treat Thursdays
โญ๏ธ Health care and shopping discounts
โญ๏ธ Opportunity to complete Level 3 in Forest School and go on to do higher levels of Childcare qualifications
โญ๏ธ Generous holiday allowance + your Birthday off, as well as a week off at Christmas!

๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต@๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†.๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ!

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Good evening everyone!

On Saturday 19th, the team embarked on a very exciting adventure to London for the NMT Awards at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel.

As you may know, we were nominated and put through to the final for Best Team 2022, competing against 6 other nurseries around the UK! This is such an achievement, and we are so proud of getting through for this prestigious award.

Although we may not have won, we all had an amazing evening celebrating our team. I'm sure you will all agree we have a fabulous team here at Friends and will join us in congratulating all of the team on getting through to the finals.

Wish us luck for next year!

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Good Morning everyone!

This is Hayley, our chef at Friends. Hayley has been working at Friends for 4 years now. Hayley loves to cook for each celebration at nursery and wows the children with her creations. Hayley's favourite celebration day this year was Diwali, where she made a feast of chicken curry, lentil dahl, samosas and naan bread with rice pudding and dried fruits for dessert!

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On Thursday, we had a very exciting afternoon as we used our new fire square for the first time!

The preschool children helped to find 'snappy sticks', and built up the fire with the help of Chloe. Chloe then lit the fire and the children enjoyed eating marshmallows and telling stories around the fire.

We spoke about how our 'sparky stick' works, and what is included in the fire triangle in order for our fire to light.

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Happy Monday!

This is Amy S, our Baby Room Leader at Friends. Amy has been working at Friends for 4 years now. Amy's favourite type of activity to do with the children is sensory play, where the children learn about different textures and explore awe and wonder in their play.

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๐Ÿ“ข The World Cup 2022 has officially started! ๐Ÿ“ข

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Sunday, November 20 at the Al Bayt Stadium when the hosts take on Ecuador in Group A.

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Together we can change young livesโ—

Too many children have experienced the worry, dread, and hopelessness of living through COVID, and the current cost of living crisis is forcing many more families into poverty. Children In Need strives to end this anxiety in many children in the UK.

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Good Morning everyone!

This is Jasmine, our Deputy Manager at Friends. Jasmine has been working at Friends for 7 years now. Jasmine loves to partake in Forest School with the children, as well as sensory play where the children can talk about texture and describe the different materials used.

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Good Morning everyone!

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting 'meet the team' pictures on our page, to show you our wonderful team!

This is Amy G, our Acting Manager at Friends. Amy has been working at Friends for 4 years now. Amy loves to create new and exciting tuff trays for the children to explore and learn from.

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Good evening, everyone. We hope you have had a lovely day!

We would love to show off our new fire square in the Forest School Garden, done by our maintenance man - Ryan.

We cannot wait to use this and have been speaking to the children about fire safety, showing them our fire bag and talking about the importance of keeping safe around the fire - watch this space!

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On November 11th, 1918 world war I was brought to a close after 4 years of continuous warfare. On this day, we pay our respects to all of those that gave their lives in service of our country.

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This week we have been learning why Remembrance Day is so important, we discussed what this day is for. Each room explored the different activities which sparked our curiosity and motivated us through our play.

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Number confidence week is about supporting people on their journey to overcoming any anxieties with numbers!

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Itโ€™s Bonfire Night! ๐ŸŽ†

We know the children are excited to see some fireworks, bonfires and sparklers. ๐ŸŽ‡

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May you scare more and get scared less this Halloween. Happy Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ ๐Ÿ‘ป

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Today is Diwali!

Diwali is the Hindu festival of Lights, which is celebrated with fireworks, decoration and feasting. Diwali also marks a new beginning through the arrival of a new moon.

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โ™ป๏ธ Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! โ™ป๏ธ

It is Recycle Week! Encouraging children to recycle is a way of teaching them about sustainability. Learning the importance of being sustainable shows them that the environment is important. ๐ŸŒ

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You can provide your child with opportunities to play in the mud by simply taking them outside after a rainy day to investigate muddy puddles.

The possibilities for mud play activities are practically unlimited! Here are some ideas:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Mud Stew
๐Ÿ‘‰ Coffee shop Mud Play
๐Ÿ‘‰ Make mud castles and buildings.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Paint and write with mud using a large paintbrush or sticks.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Muddy Car Wash
๐Ÿ‘‰ Make a mud racetrack or roads for toy cars.

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Tuff Trays encourage group play, allowing numerous children at once to join the activity, playing alongside each other or together. Tuff trays provide great opportunities to build on social skills, confidence and speech and language development.

Have a think about how you could create the following tough trays:

Autumn Tuff Tray
Halloween Tuff Tray
Dinosaur Tuff Tray
Minibeast Tuff Tray
Animal Tuff Tray
Construction Tuff Tray
Summer Tuff Tray
Water Tuff Tray

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Thank you for your service Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with The Royal Family today.

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How to create and use a story sack at home. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ“–

Story sacks are a great resource to use with children. They can extend a story and support children in various development areas. The sacks are often made up using a storybook and visual aids or activities based around a particular favourite story. The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Room on the Broom are popular choices. Creating a story sack at home is a fun activity you can do to get your children engaged in reading. Children enjoy books and read more when they are interested in the stories.

โญ๏ธ Gather your child's favourite book and a sizable cloth bag to start. A pillowcase or cotton grocery bag will work perfectly. Any of the following can be added to aid with story time:

A copy of the book

Story-related CD or DVD

Related non-fiction books or toys (stuffed animals are great)

Models of the story's characters and relative objects

Pencils and paper

โญ๏ธ Then, make an activity card for the story to include in the story sack.

How to make an activity card:

1. Write down a list of activities you can do and topics you can discuss in connection to the story.

2. Discuss the story and the children's favourite parts.

3. Ask lots of open-ended questions about the characters and storyline.

4. Retell the story using the toys and props you have in the bag

Create your favourite character using playdough ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thank you for your service. Rest in peace Her Majesty. ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘

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Using scissors is a great way to improve children's fine motor skillsโ—๏ธ We have a few tips to get children more comfortable with using scissors. โœ‚๏ธ

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Get your child ready for school/nursery/pre-school with our 'Ready for School' checklist! ๐Ÿ“โœ…

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In the summer, itโ€™s natural for children to want to go for a dip and splash in the pool. We have some pool safety tips to share, to ensure that all children are safe:

โญ๏ธ Always teach children to never go in the pool unsupervised
โญ๏ธ Ensure children are using inflatables, on their upper arms only. (However, this is not a substitute for supervision!)
โญ๏ธ Even if a pool has a lifeguard, itโ€™s still best to supervise all children in the pool

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Weโ€™ve already experienced some crazy heatwaves this year, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees! Below are some tips for children (and adults) to stay safe in the sun

โ˜€๏ธ Avoid the sun when itโ€™s at its strongest, in the UK this tends to be between 11 AM - 3 PM.
โ˜€๏ธ Using at least factor 30 on children is ideal, as children have more sensitive skin.
โ˜€๏ธ Wearing a hatโ€ฆ our choice of clothing is our first line of defence against the sun, and wearing a hat is perfect for protecting childrenโ€™s heads.

Learn more about staying safe in the sun via the NHS website.

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Playday takes place on the first Wednesday of August each year! This day is dedicated to the important role play has in the lives of children. The theme for this yearโ€™s Playday is โ€ฆ Summer of Play. โ˜€๏ธ

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Go team! ๐Ÿ’ช

What a joyous moment it was for the England Lionesses and England as a whole! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟโšฝ

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โญ๏ธ Itโ€™s World Breastfeeding Week! โญ๏ธ

World Breastfeeding Week is to protect and support breastfeeders all around the world! Breastfeeding supports children's development and health, making breastfeeding extremely important! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Today is the 25th Annual World Book Day!
To celebrate World Book Day today, we have a range of activities based on the children's books and characters we love.
What is your favourite book to read with your family?๐Ÿ“š


Looking to start or progress your childcare career?

Call or email us today for a chance to join our amazing team as a Nursery Practitioner at our Friends Forest Nursery in Ash.


The children have created their own experiment โ€“ they left some water filled with animals in the garden which when they came back into nursery they noticed it had turned to ice! The children used a high level of mental energy when trying to work out how to get the animals out of the ice, they soon worked out that it melts if left for a period of time which was very exciting.

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The pre-school children have been cooking this week. They have been independently using their own childproof knives to cut up the vegetables to go into the nursery butternut squash soup. We discussed the different foods and why they are healthy, we also looked at different shapes and sizes along with the different smells!


Here is our hygiene station which supports the childrenโ€™s understanding of hygiene and brushing teeth. They recall on own experiences when at home and their day to day routine.


The Baby Room have been making their own smoothies this week. We encourage independence within the children at Friends Nursery, they really enjoyed pressing the button and watching the smoothie blend. We looked at real-life pictures to match what food was going into the smoothie. This also helped with speech and language encouraging them to repeat the fruit. The noise shocked them at first then they became very excited hearing the sounds.

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Happy New Year everyone!
What is your no 1 goal for 2022?


Merry Christmas to all of our Families, from the Friends Team!

We hope you have a magical Christmas and New Year. We would like to say thank you to all of our lovely families for making this year so special, full of laughter, joy and learning new things. We cannot wait to see you all in the New Year and hear about all the lovely things that you have done during the Christmas break.

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Monday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 6:30pm

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