The Country Mouse Ethos:
care, curiosity, connecting with nature.
The Country Mouse is a magical place where children can grow at their own pace, where they have the time and freedom to develop creative and critical thought, and where they can become independent, confident and resilient. We bring the indoors outdoors and the outdoors indoors, so that children can investigate, explore and learn with real things in real places.
We believe it’s so important to protect a child’s emotional well-being. Playing outdoors, particularly in natural, woodland spaces, develops a child’s senses and awareness. The nursery’s outdoor area is impressively large but is made up of smaller activity “rooms” so is intimate enough for young children to feel confident. In our Forest School garden, children can explore the natural environment and develop a sense of their place in their world. They are free to peer into our bug hotel, make pictures from leaves and twigs or just sit quietly with a drink beneath a tree. When children are touching and working with the natural world, they are relaxed and happy: a forest garden is a non-competitive, inclusive space; it instils a sense of peace. As they master achievable tasks, such as whittling, climbing, den-building and mud-sculpting, their confidence and independence grows.
At Country Mouse, we care about the environment. Our nappies are collected and converted into biofuel, and we use higher-welfare food locally sourced where possible. We have moved out nearly all plastic toys and replaced them with better ones that are wooden.
We’re passionate about promoting healthy habits. As well as providing imaginative, nourishing meals, at Country Mouse we aim to get our children’s bodies busy! That’s why we’re mad about sports, yoga, dance and movement. It’s good for our muscles, bones and our hearts, and our balance, coordination and concentration too. And it’s fun!
We aim to give our children an education
that has at its heart:
Awe and Wonder
Nurture and Kindness
Learning and Fun
Did you know..?
The concept of Forest School learning
came to Britain in the 1980s from
Denmark, where the open-air culture
('frulitsliv') is a way of life and it was
observed that children are more
creative and have more self-esteem
in an outdoor, wooded space.