A magical early years setting in the wondrous woods of East Sussex
This was the first step in a bigger plan to own the piece of land we are on and to self-build a straw bale house. This straw bale house will have a very low environmental impact, using only environmentally friendly materials, as much as possible locally sourced. This we feel is an essential model for the future and provides a wonderful picture for our children.
We are currently preparing to launch a crowd funding campaign, with the aim to raise funds for purchasing the land and building the house. You can read more about it here.
Robin's Nest was founded in 2012 when Hannah Roberts and Una Archer were inspired to provide a home away from home childcare setting where parents could access affordable Waldorf-inspired childcare and access support for the family.
Originally housed in an old cottage on the grounds of Emerson College (read more about the college here) the impulse was to cultivate community through the festivals, study groups and talks.
We started very small with just 1 child and organically grew into a constellation of 12 children between the ages of 15 months and 6 years old. With 2 groups of children we weaved our practice together, providing a rhythmical balance of domestic work, craft and play.
In 2014 we had to rehouse and with a committed, strong and creative parent body we decided to create our own dwellings, which suited more our model and could be the new model from which to teach out of. If we are teaching sustainable education then surely the way we create our future should reflect upon this. As a temporary solution we rehoused ourselves in a yurt, which with the help of our parent body, we did in 5 weeks. We cleared a piece of land at Emerson, bought an organic handmade yurt from Cornwall and began building the foundation for the yurt, hurdling fences and creating compost toilets. In September 2014 we moved into the yurt and began our Autumn term in our cosy new dwelling.