Forest Schools

  • What is a Forest School?

    And why is it one of the best starts that you can offer your child?

    Many parents choose Forest School for their children as they like the idea of their children playing outside however, Forest Schools is much more than this. 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.

  • Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the Early Years Foundation Stage beautifully. Forest School allows children the opportunity to develop all 7 areas of learning with out the confines of a classroom.

    Research now backs up what forest school practitioners have known all along – that children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.

  • The ‘wild’, and yet controlled, safe environment of Forest School ensures that children taking part naturally learn to assess risk and are encouraged to make sensible and informed decisions about how to deal with unfamiliar and unpredictable situations (such as exploring or climbing trees, using tools to build shelters and dens). Much of the learning for a child comes as a result of the opportunities they have for testing their own abilities in a real-life context. 

    Forest School sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. At Forest School children can develop their team working skills and also learn to become more independent. Those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces can become confident in using them and this can form the basis of a life-long relationship with natural spaces. 

    Forest School helps children to develop their confidence. As they become familiar with Forest School they can take their new-found confidence into school when they grow and into other areas of their lives. Forest School can be particularly effective for children who do not do well in the classroom environment. Children learn to solve problems and be creative and imaginative at Forest School thus showing enterprising behaviour.

    There are many benefits to Forest Schools Our top 10 benefits include

    • Building Confidence and Independence
    • Feeling Empathy for Others and Nature
    • Physical Fitness
    • Health Benefits, Improved Immune System
    • Improved Mental Health
    • Exposure to Manageable Risks
    • Better Sleep patterns
    • Learning at their own pace in their own way
    • Building new friendships and relationships
    • Children end the day a little muddy, happy and content