Langwathby Hall Farm

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The Lambkins Experience

Lambkin’s day nursery provides an organic environment that encourages children to thrive. We believe on a hands on approach in running the nursery, which has enabled us to provide a safe home from home experience for the children and families in our care.

Psychologists have proved that the first five years of our children’s lives are crucial. During this time their brains are developing most rapidly and can absorb more information than at any other time during their lives. It is in these first years that we can deeply affect our children’s self-esteem and shape their future by what we say and do.

During this formative stage it is therefore vital to place children in a nurturing environment where, not only can they learn and absorb most effectively, but they can begin the important process of relating to people outside the safe environment of their own family.

Lambkins is committed to ensuring that all children benefit from attending nursery and their well-being is paramount. With the nursery being situated in such a beautiful part of the Eden valley, we can provide a wide range of experiences and opportunities for the children in our care. By providing a safe, cosy and calm environment we hope to develop individuals with a positive self-image of themselves and others. At lambkins we believe it is important to view the ‘Unique Child’ and we therefore place a strong emphasis on each child’s individual interest and development.

British Values

We are promoting the development of the fundamental British Values in the nursery – through providing a wide range of resources and activities that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and actively challenge gender, cultural and and racial stereotyping. This means that we support children to develop a positive sense of themselves, to be confident to speak out and have their opinions valued, but at the same time to be understanding of others.

The fundamental British Values are:


Democracy – making decisions together – empowering each child to make decisions appropriate to their age to build self-confidence and independence. We encourage the older children to talk about their personal feelings and help them to recognise that their view counts.


Rule of Law – understanding that rules matter – we have ‘golden rules’ which the pre-school children have helped to develop and which we are all responsible for following. We help all children to start to understand their own and others behaviour and its consequences.


Individual Liberty – freedom for all – children are presented with a range of resources from which they can choose and develop their own activities. We encourage children to play together and highlight achievements and group learning experiences.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance – encouraging children to treat others as they would want to be treated. We celebrate a range of world festivals and events, provide a wide range of books and plan different role play experiences to engage children in different situations to support them to learn about different cultures and interests.

Nature Gate - Nurturing curious minds

Nursery founder, Rachel Forster, has found during her 20+ years experience in early years care and education, that when children have the freedom of outdoor opportunities, the positive difference in their wellbeing is clearly evident.

The philosophy of Nature Gate has been created to promote the accessibility for all children to grow and thrive alongside our natural environment. At Lambkins, for example, we believe in being immersed in the environment, with good old fashioned fresh air, exercise and possibly quite a lot of mud!

The Department of Health and Social Care state that children under the age of 5 years need up to 3 hours a day of physical activity. Yet we find ourselves in the world of screens that prohibit our childrens physical opportunities. Evidence has shown that children who get plenty of fresh air and physical activity, have better sleep patterns, eating habits, and improved physical and mental health.

Our two sites, Lambkins and Lilyhowe, have been chosen to provide plenty of outdoor opportunities. Both nurseries have secure access to various outdoor spaces including farm walks, nature walks and fields for Forest school activities. Children have opportunities to roam fields, collect eggs, feed lambs, dabble in ponds, clamber over logs and branches, or simply cook something up in the mud kitchen.

In addition to the outdoors, indoors we use resources with a mix of textures and stimulus with a focus on natural materials and everyday objects; allowing the children to explore and discover. Bright shiny beautiful items, eclectic random treasure, and more that capture children’s imagination. We favour neutral and earthy tones that give off a sense of calmness to promote emotional wellbeing, learning and positive behaviour. 

Nature Gate is essentially providing gateways for children to develop with nature and the seasons. This creates an understanding of the natural world, and a respect for our environment in which they are growing up in. In conjunction with our environmental pledge, we hope to create a better future for all our children.


Meet the

Each member of our team loves what they do and it shows! Enthusiastic and caring, meet the people that make Lambkins.

with Parents

We work in partnership with parents to ensure the best possible environment for each individual child’s needs.

A Love of

Praised in our Ofsted report for the quality of our Early Years Foundation Stage engagment, we learn through play.