What is Forest School?
Forest School is all about giving children and young people of all ages the opportunity to learn through positive experiences in exciting, outdoor, woodland settings. Research has demonstrated that these repeated visits to the same woodland site support the development of self-confidence, motivation, concentration and sound social and emotional skills.
Joining the Foresteers allows children to take part in experiences that encourage creativity and exploration. All of our experiences are designed to be fun and interesting, and importantly something they would probably never otherwise experience.
The concept originates from Scandinavia where the young children are taken on walks through the forest following an imaginary character. Along the way they explore and investigate, take risks and learn together in the great outdoors. The ethos has now been introduced to the UK under the name ‘Forest School’.
Experiences are varied and linked both to the curriculum and the season in which they take place. Nature is at the heart of all of that we do and children will, over time, learn about the world around them. Sessions focus on aspects of holistic development. The teacher is less a person of authority and more a facilitator, mentor and experienced companion. Children are allowed to choose the direction they take, discover, discuss and develop without the constraints of a table and chair. As they learn to respect this freedom they will learn about themselves, learn about others, and learn to be resilient.
At Foresteers Outdoor Preschool for children 2-4 years, your child will be immersed in the Forest School ethos and will have the space, time and opportunity to play and ignite their desire to learn in a unique and holistic way.
We are open 50 weeks a year, 7.30am-5.30pm and offer full time and term time contracts. We take children from their 2nd birthday.
We accept funded hours 9am-4pm, term time only, in a block of 7 hours. You can then add on wrap round care, breakfast club 7.30am-9am or tea club 4pm-5.30pm for £9.35 per session. We have a consumables fee of £7 for a funded session
A full day for a 2 or 3 year old, 7.30am-5.30pm is currently £56
We have an admin fee of £60 which includes your outdoor suit and online learning journal.
We provide breakfast for children that arrive before 8.30am, morning and afternoon campfire education cooking experiences on a morning and afternoon and tea time nibbles at 4.45pm. This is included in our fees.
Children must bring their own packed lunch with a drink, nappies, nappy bags and wipes.
If you would like to put your child on our interest list just let us know and we will send you an interest form through docusign. contact us.
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Rates start from £14 per child with a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 20 children. At least 2 adults per six children should accompany the party. Parties will take place in a suitable local area where you can bring you own packed lunch or add on the educational experience of campfire cooking.
Birthday parties can be arranged on weekdays during school holidays, and Saturday and Sundays throughout the year (due to availability). All children and adults attending the party will need to complete a consent form and have read the information sheet on what to wear.
All sessions are risked assessed and all staff holds a current enhanced DBS. Parents can arrange a site visit if they are unsure of what a Forest School party entails or to discuss the content of their child’s party. Check out our previous Birthdays on our Facebook page.
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