Low Hall has been open since 1929, and Church Hill since 1971. The 2 nursery schools formed a federation in 2014, sharing our vision: to maintain high-quality education for young children growing up in Walthamstow.
We call our federation the Forest Alliance of Nursery Schools.
We have captured decades of experience, knowledge and early childhood expertise in these five principles or values. These help us maintain our vision, and are the foundation of all our planning for the Federation's future.
Principle 1: Children have rights to play, learn and be heard in our schools
Young children learn best through active exploratory play in safe and enriching environments. We uphold every child’s rights to appropriate early child development and education. Each child’s unique identity is valued and included. Every child is listened to and given a chance to express thoughts, ideas and feelings.
Principle 2: Parents/carers have an equally important role in their children’s development and education in school and at home
Parents are a child’s first educators. Parental involvement is fundamental to the way we organise high-quality education and care. Every family is welcome to participate in the life of our schools and the services we provide.
Principle 3: Governors and staff members lead the way on high-quality education and care
Good teamwork and leadership are essential to our organisation. Staff and governors work collaboratively to put young children and their rights at the centre of all planning. We invest in professional development, appraisal and governor training to maintain our excellent standards.
Principle 4: Staff work in partnerships with other professionals for the benefit of children’s health, wellbeing, development and learning
Children make progress when professionals work together and share information. We establish excellent links with specialists and colleagues in health, education and social care to secure the best practice for every young child.
Principle 5: Everyone should be treated with respect and tolerance and in turn should protect the natural world
Children are never too young to learn that our communities and environment are important to us all. We teach children about healthy and sustainable lifestyles, moral responsibility for our environment, tolerance and respect for others.
We promote equality in all our practice and inclusive education.