Aside from our extensive outside play area, we have a large, separate ‘wilderness’ area, which includes a pond, a bridge and a hideaway. This is securely fenced off from the rest of the nursery, as safety is our primary concern. We take children over 3 into the ‘forest’ in very small groups, to practice outdoor learning called ‘Forest School’, because we believe it is important for each child to develop an understanding of the educational aspects of the outside and not just the fun. Forest School includes an in depth look at different wildlife, plants and trees, providing safe and exciting ways of learning outdoors.
On a trip to the Forest our children might build themselves a hideaway, go on a treasure hunt or heat milk over a fire and sit around the fire drinking it.
In 2011 Kelly, our Forest School Practitioner, was given an award for ‘Outstanding Forest School Practice’ by Bridgwater College. As recognition of her outstanding work, she was awarded a trip to Denmark to see Forest Schooling in action.
Forest School has been proven to help a healthy development and provides a chance to experience new challenges and risks, obtaining physical freedom in the outside through climbing, exploring, running, jumping and balancing. This also supports the development of each child’s body.
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