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Forest School    

Forest School builds independence, self-esteem and resilience in children. They are given a greater degree of freedom to explore and experience the natural world for themselves. A combination of freedom and responsibility is beneficial to children with little confidence or challenging behaviour. Children gain valuable life skills and improve their communication whilst developing a sense of responsibility, in addition they develop team working abilities.


Why is Forest School good?

• Beneficial for all children as we learn by 'doing', we climb trees, build dens and we use real tools and have campfires for cooking.

• Children involved in Forest School become more responsible for their actions, can calculate risks better and show improved self-confidence.

• A desire for learning is encouraged and transferred back to the pre-school.

• Forest School encourages children to become more active and healthy, become stronger and more co-ordinated.

• Children develop self-awareness

• Develop better communication skills

• Developing independence


Forest School

How does Forest School work?

Children are encouraged to follow their own interests at Forest School. This could be...

  • Taking some quiet contemplative time
  • Exploring their surroundings
  • Sharing printed resources to learn facts about nature
  • Building dens
  • Using tools
  • Investigating puddles
  • Rolling down hills
  • Using the swings
  • Creating art

Children are asked what they would like to do and what equipment they would like to take to Forest School.

Our Forest School leader will teach children new skills but only when they express an interest in them, skills are then shared in progressing degrees of difficulty until they can perform them independently.



Parents as partners

 We invite you to come along to any of our sessions to discover for yourself what happens at Forest School. We know that for some people the thought of children climbing trees, using real tools and using campfires can be worrying. Our Forest School Leader will be happy to explain the ideas behind Forest School and the benefits your children will gain from their experiences.

Keeping Children safe

You can be confident that your child will be safe and secure as our experienced Forest School Leader is qualified and holds an Outdoor First Aid qualification.

Our Forest School activities are risk assessed and daily site checks are undertaken.  

We do not run sessions under the trees in high winds and we never run an outdoor session in thunder and lightening.

 We provided adequate waterproof clothing. We ensure the children are monitored in hot and cold weather, to ensure they are not too hot or cold.

We provide a pop-up tent for our sleepers and a Forest School Toilet for our potty trainers.

Your child’s progress

Our Forest School Leader and nursery staff take photographs and record observations of children's experiences. We ask the children, 'What did you do at Forest School today?'. All of this contributes towards the 'Learning Journey'.


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