Forest Schools is a unique learning opportunity for the children here at the centre. It has its roots in Denmark – in the 1990’s a group of students visited Forest Schools in Denmark and were so inspired they set up a training programme for Early Years Practitioners from Bridgewater college in the UK. The Forest Schools approach, despite its name can be developed anywhere – it is an ethos that focuses on learning from nature. Play is developed in natural surroundings and environmental consciousness is encouraged in all the children.
Children are supported to develop their self-esteem, confidence, problem solving, risk and challenge skills alongside communication, physical, mathematical, and scientific skills.
Forest Schools happens throughout the week at the centre for the children, with even our Under 2’s having access to our Wild Play area. Our little site is work in progress and all sessions are coordinated by our Forest School Leader. It is used throughout the year so children can experience nature and seasons first-hand – it may look your child is just simply playing, however consider the learning potential of; making shelters, mark making in mud, listening to the different sounds in nature, learning about how to take care of our environment and working as part of a team.
Forest Schools inspires your little ones to become resilient independent, inquiring, and creative learners.
Forest Schools happens come rain or shine. Remember there is no such thing as bad weather! Only bad clothing, we do have full waterproofs for all the children but please make sure your child has plenty of layers in their bag so they can keep warm and have fun!