Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. It is very beneficial for children to learn 'by doing' and it is found that children involved in Forest School become more responsible for their actions, can calculate risks and show improved self-confidence.
Forest School encourages children to become more active and healthy, develop self-awareness, independence and better communications skills.
We aim to offer every child who attends our pre-schools the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions. These are offered to groups of 12 children who then attend 6 sessions (weekly across a half term).
We have two members of staff who are Level 3 Forest School teachers and they are accompanied by other staff members on these outings. Children are transported with staff on our company minibus to a small area of woodland at Woodside Green. During these sessions the children will have the opportunity to bug hunt, mud paint, build dens and shelters, collect and count natural items and learn how to use some simple tools.
We are 'weather warriors' so the sessions go ahead in all weathers and families are encouraged to ensure the children are sent to us in warm and waterproof clothing with wellies if weather is wet.