What the parents say...
Wee wild sparks has been fantastic for Katie. She loves going to the woods, is super-keen to head out (we have fewer arguments on wild sparks mornings), and she's full of chat at the end of the day. She has become really independent, and is much more likely than her elder sister to get fully dressed herself, choosing the right layers to wear for the weather. She enjoys being outdoors now, and will often get home from the woods and head straight out to the garden. In turn, this gets the rest of the family outside more too!
Her cooperation and social skills have improved dramatically, which I attribute totally to the wee wild sparks staff. Katie now tells me "that's a good idea mummy, but maybe we could do it like this instead", or "okay, we'll do your jobs first and we'll play my game after". She frequently affirms other children's contributions to role-play and games.
I really appreciate that the children learn to assess risk themselves through their play, whether this involves feeding branches onto a fire or using rope swings. Katie was very proud of herself when she eventually managed to get to the top of the hay-bale! Play seems less gender-separated than at her other pre-school (although she's definitely keener on fairy houses than mud monsters). Katie has loved Jo's story-telling, and comes home keen to tell us the stories too.
We chose wee wild sparks because we though Katie needed a contrast to her other, more traditional pre-school setting. I was, and am still, very impressed by the staffs dedication and commitment to the children and the outdoor setting.