As parents we know that a child’s first four years are a mad rollercoaster ride of overnight developments and sudden “Light bulb” moments. As beautiful as it is to watch, it can be very hard to keep up!
From around the age of two years, toddlers naturally move away from total loving dependance of their parents and start to forge their own path into the wider world. This is when they start to become more independent and begin to explore the world around them in greater depth.
Life is very different these days than it was 30 years ago. Screens and devices are everywhere and are used in almost our every waking moment. Toddlers pick up on this very quickly, and as they mature, they begin to mimic their parents and carer’s habits. However used too much screen time can easily take the place of quality human interaction and because of the lack of physical movement and mental challenges, can stymy creative imagination and ultimately stunt core skill development.
We are all becoming increasingly aware of the scientific research in early childhood development. Its well known that children and especially toddlers require connection with nature in order to support their brain function and holistic development. The more they have play time that involves all five senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight) and most importantly interact with other children, the faster they begin building their essential core life skills. Natural outdoors playtime has proved to increase development in intellectual, cognitive, creative, emotional, social and physical skills as well as encourage language and communication skills which in turn helps them to express their individuality.
Here at Little Rays our main ethos is to connect children to Nature and to fuel their imaginations using their natural surroundings.
Toddlers between the ages of two and four have brains that are like sponges. They absorb absolutely everything they experience and observe in life through watching their core family and friends interact with each other. We have a firm belief that these early years are absolutely critical for healthy development and we strive to provide our toddlers with what they need to lay strong foundations in order to grow, learn and practice with confidence.
We strongly believe in the “Back to Nature” approach. No Screens, No plastic toys, No computers, No sitting at boring desks for us!
We believe that redressing the essential balance of natural learning is incredibly important not just for the children’s future wellbeing, for their family’s as well. Therefore we aim to provide a safe, relaxed and above all natural environment that the children need to build their confidence, face challenges, develop fine motor skills, encourage social interaction and develop team work.
Therefore in keeping with our ethos, we spend the majority of school time outside (weather permitting), and we are extremely lucky to have both our lovely outdoor Pre-School garden, and our beautiful plot of land in Compton for our Forest School Sessions.
We encourage our children to approach the world with curiosity and an eagerness to learn through free play in the natural world.
Examples of our outdoor games and lessons:
- bug hunts, leaf hunts, animal hunts
- learning colours, numbers and alphabets using leaves, sticks, rocks, animals, etc
- Arts & Crafts using natural materials
- Learning to build and create using natural materials and with help of friends.
A detailed and printable timetable of our daily activities can be found on our Day to Day page.
Our children have helped us to build our own outdoor play area and garden making it as much theirs as it is ours. So far we have created a bug hotel, a first class mud kitchen, hang a hammock, swings in trees, a willow wigwam, dig a sand pit, plant herbs and flowers, and much more!
Our staff are fully trained and with years of experience of quality childcare between them, provide calm and consistent care and teaching throughout the day. They are a fantastic team!
Breakfast & Afterschool Club
At Little Rays we provide a safe, caring environment for our Breakfast and After-school clubs, here in Godalming.
Little Rays runs from 07:00 till school, then school collection until 18:00, during which time there is free play for all in the ample outside space here at Godalming town Football club Weycourt Godalming GU7 3JE. As well as an opportunity to do homework, socialise or just have a kick about the choice is up to you, before you go home, there will be a healthy snack, fruit & water is readily available.
Breakfast club £6.00 per session
After School Club £12.00 per session
If you require more information or have further queries please contact us
Ofsted number:- EY486974
Childcare vouchers accepted
School Pick Ups
We offer our school pick up service for our our of school club sessions!
We can arrange pick ups from most schools in the Godalming area. We currently have a few spaces to collect from the following schools:
- Godalming Juniors
- Moss Lane
- Farncombe Infants
- Busbridge Infants
- Loseley Fields
(plus £2 transport fee for schools outside of Godalming).
We actively encourage the children to be outside, we have no TV or computer games at our club, children are encouraged to do their homework, but we cannot enforce this, but we do encourage. A healthy Breakfast is available, and healthy snacks in the afternoon. Fruit and water is always available.
Some Basic Info
We accept children between the ages of two years old to five years old. The minimum attendance for a child is 2 sessions a week.
For Session Prices, please take a look at our Fees & Registration page.
If you would like more information or to enquire about the application process please send us a message on the Contact page.