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.

Taking care of our staff’s wellbeing is of prime importance to us and we are proud to have been voted the 14th best place to work in the whole of the UK.

We adhere to our registration on the Ofsted Early Years Register. This monitors the overall quality standards of the early years provision in line with the principles and requirements of the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’.

We are sad to say that our Nursery is temporarily closed to support the national effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19. 

We look forward to welcoming back all of our families as soon as we are able to.

Please continue to contact us and we will be in touch to deal with your enquiry.

LEARNING
Our main aim is to provide a secure and happy environment where children can learn through play.
SETTLING IN
Your first settling in sessions will give you and your child an opportunity to get to know your child’s Key Person.
FOREST SCHOOL
Our Forest School approach inspires children through positive outdoor experiences. We encourage children to discover, explore, observe and question what they find in their outdoor environment.
FOOD
Our menus are designed by the nursery chef and a paediatric dietician to meet the needs of each age group.
“Our shy, quite girl has developed into a confident, bubbly, curious pre-schooler, obsessed with identifying letters and “reading”. I couldn’t thank the team enough for their ongoing gentle support.”
“Both children have loved nursery from day one, I wish they could stay for an extra year!”

“They are waiting for the days when they go to the nursery!”
“We were attracted to the nursery by their Forest School and their focus on life-skills and it is wonderful to collect your child and hear about sitting around the fire and enjoying a hot chocolate.”
“He loves all the extra curricular activities! He doesn’t stop talking about Forest School for hours (sometimes days!) after coming.”

Above and Beyond Educational Experiences

We offer a range of unique educational experiences which enable children to become successful, lifelong learners including:

  • Wake up and shake up – an activity to energise the brain using cross-lateral movements
  • A cookery station which incorporates many aspects of the curriculum
  • Community visits which allow children to experience social activities outside the nursery setting
  • A range of bespoke activities which promote your child’s well-being and confidence, including Emotions Boxes and Chatterboxes
  • Garden Champions (RHS School Awards Levels 1, 2 & 3) – our gardening activity which is supported by the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Awards training programme.
Friends Forest Nursery Ash is situated on Manor Road, Ash GU12.