Child led play and learning

Forest School is a specialised learning approach where children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment and a forest school trained practitioner will assist the child led activity.

 

Regular opportunities are available and we go out in all weathers throughout the year to learn outside, embracing all that nature has to offer.

Child led play and learning

Forest School is a specialised learning approach where children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment and a forest school trained practitioner will assist the child led activity.

 

Regular opportunities are available and we go out in all weathers throughout the year to learn outside, embracing all that nature has to offer.

Benefits

Forest Kindergartens supports the development of language skills, as children talk about objects in the context of their play. They are generally less noisy than closed rooms, and noise has been shown to be a factor in the stress level of children and staff.

Children who attend forest kindergartens experience fewer injuries due to accidents and are less likely to injure themselves in a fall.

Benefits

Forest Kindergartens supports the development of language skills, as children talk about objects in the context of their play. They are generally less noisy than closed rooms, and noise has been shown to be a factor in the stress level of children and staff.

Children who attend forest kindergartens experience fewer injuries due to accidents and are less likely to injure themselves in a fall.

Playing outside for prolonged periods has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s development, particularly in the areas of

  • balance and agility
  • manual dexterity,
  • physical coordination,
  • tactile sensitivity
  • depth perception
  • strengthens  immune  systems

All these benefits apply also to the staff who look after your children!

Playing outside for prolonged periods has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s development, particularly in the areas of

  • balance and agility
  • manual dexterity,
  • physical coordination,
  • tactile sensitivity
  • depth perception
  • strengthens  immune  systems

All these benefits apply also to the staff who look after your children!

Our Sessions

Every forest school session is pre-planned based on our observations of what the children do and say each trip and the interests of the group from the last session. This allows us to follow the minds and ideas of the children, to keep them captivated by the environment.

Our Sessions

Every forest school session is pre-planned based on our observations of what the children do and say each trip and the interests of the group from the last session. This allows us to follow the minds and ideas of the children, to keep them captivated by the environment.

Our floor books

When documenting our Forest School learning, each key group have their very own floor book – a large scrap book style journal. This is where we add our photo’s, thought’s, pictures and observations after every trip . The children sign the book themselves, stick in the pictures (or make a little drawing) and then we all sit together and discuss our experiences.

Our floor books

When documenting our Forest School learning, each key group have their very own floor book – a large scrap book style journal. This is where we add our photo’s, thought’s, pictures and observations after every trip . The children sign the book themselves, stick in the pictures (or make a little drawing) and then we all sit together and discuss our experiences.

Using feedback

We, the staff team, ask the children what they wish to do for the next Forest School session and provide resources to enable the children to achieve their goals.

After each trip we write a small PLOD (Possible Line Of Direction) based on what we have observed and what the children wish to do next time. This enables us to follow the children’s interests in their play so that their learning is even more beneficial.

Using feedback

We, the staff team, ask the children what they wish to do for the next Forest School session and provide resources to enable the children to achieve their goals.

After each trip we write a small PLOD (Possible Line Of Direction) based on what we have observed and what the children wish to do next time. This enables us to follow the children’s interests in their play so that their learning is even more beneficial.

A typical session

A first session of Forest School involves allowing the child to explore their new surroundings, establishing boundaries and helping the  children identify any associated risks.

Our children might be involved in; playing imaginative games, role play, building shelters from branches, counting objects, listening to stories, singing songs and rhymes, arranging items to make a picture, or building a toy, climbing trees and exploring the forest, playing hide-and-seek, exploring or just resting.

A typical session

A first session of Forest School involves allowing the child to explore their new surroundings, establishing boundaries and helping the  children identify any associated risks.

Our children might be involved in; playing imaginative games, role play, building shelters from branches, counting objects, listening to stories, singing songs and rhymes, arranging items to make a picture, or building a toy, climbing trees and exploring the forest, playing hide-and-seek, exploring or just resting.

At a glance

  • We have a dedicated woodland space to carry out Forest School
  • We exceed the staff -to -child ratio minimum requirements where every child gets personal, individualised attention
  • Waterproofs, hat, scarves, gloves are provided
  • A wall in the Kindergarten is kept updated with the latest photos and plans for parents to see

At a glance

  • We have a dedicated woodland space to carry out Forest School
  • We exceed the staff -to -child ratio minimum requirements where every child gets personal, individualised attention
  • Waterproofs, hat, scarves, gloves are provided
  • A wall in the Kindergarten is kept updated with the latest photos and plans for parents to see