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.
FEL hours for eligible 2,3 and 4 year olds are accepted. If you are interested in a place for your child then please contact us. Full day £45 minimum 1 day per week. There is a £60 administration fee which includes full outdoor suit and learning journal log in.
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Rates start from £10 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 and food can be arranged at an extra cost or bring your own packed lunches along.
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.
Group Learning Activities
In this sequence of progressive sessions, participants and practitioners can develop a genuine relationship with one another to increase confidence and self-esteem, and to foster an independence and love of the outdoors. Children will be taught traditional woodland skills, to understand personal and physical boundaries, to learn risk management and to value nature and be able to communicate about it. This programme begins with achievable, child-initiated activities to familiarise children with the natural world – such as arts and crafts, sensory exploration and wildlife projects. As the children become more comfortable in the outdoor environment, the tasks increase in skill level. We introduce specialised tools and skills such as using a bow saw, tying rope knots, building shelters and lighting fires. Woodland visits will always incorporate wide area team-building games and campfire cooking.
- Up to 16 children
- Minimum 6 session booking
- 12 Half or 6 Full Days
- From £1200
What Will We Need:
Children will need clothes that are suitable for the weather at any particular time of the year. As the weather begins to turn cold, this can include as many layers as you see fit. Please provide the following for your child when they have their Forest School sessions:
- Pair of wellington boots
- Long sleeved top (tops in cold weather)
- Pair of jogging bottoms
- Waterproof coat in wet weather
A great way to experience Forest School this Spring with the Foresteers at Greenhead House Farm. Come and explore the woods, make friends, use tools and take part in campfire cooking. These exciting experiences will occur in the top woodland. Following the...