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Little Forest Folk wins 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation

London’s first full-time outdoors nursery proves itself as a successful industry disruptor and thought leader as its excellence in early years education is recognised by the Queen.

London – 21 April 2018 – Little Forest Folk, London’s first full time outdoor nursery for 2-5 year olds, can today reveal that it has received its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise scheme is highly competitive, rewarding businesses for outstanding achievements in International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and for promoting opportunity through social mobility. The Innovation category awards companies that go above and beyond in their area of expertise, and is designed for those offering a unique innovation, which has been available to the market for a minimum of two years. Winners of this category must also show outstanding commercial success over the past two years, or continuous commercial success over five years.

“It is a huge honour to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise,” Little Forest Folk Founder and MD Leanna Barrett says. “'We are absolutely delighted to have our innovative approach to education recognised by the Queen. What an amazing day for an organisation established just 3 years ago to give our own children a better childhood”.

Little Forest Folk has demonstrated its commitment to innovation since it launched in 2015 and proven itself as an industry disruptor and thought leader, consistently advocating the need for incorporating outdoor environments as an integral part of learning – and showing how they can be created and delivered effectively. Little Forest Folk has grown rapidly, and now has five magical sites across London where children’s imaginations are free to run wild. Schooling at Little Forest Folk is outdoor focused, child-led and play based. Taking inspiration from education in Scandinavian countries, where higher figures of child happiness are recorded and higher exam scorings in later life, Little Forest Folk believe children develop best through outdoor play. With a team of highly skilled, expert practitioners, activities in the forest can range from preparing recipes in the mud kitchen, climbing trees, building dens and creative play inside them to reading stories, mark making and mathematics in the forest. Little Forest Folk covers the 7 areas of learning in the EYFS as required by all schools and preschool nurseries and pride themselves on doing it in in a more creative way than most.

Speaking of Little Forest Folk Sir David Attenborough says, “I have no doubt whatsoever that the children, when they look back in later life, will realise how valuable and impactful their time with you has been".

Leanna Barrett continued: “We remain focused on delivering an innovative, exciting and creative environment in which our children can learn. We are fully dedicated to improving the lives of all our children and their families by offering them dynamic, inspirational places to develop and grow. We’re delighted to have our commitment recognised by such an influential awards body and look forward to flying the Queen’s Award flag at all of our Little Forest Folk sites.”

For more information about the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, please visit: THE QUEENS AWARDS

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