Forest School

Forest School

The sessions are led by Natalie who is a qualified Forest School leader and has Outdoor First Aid training, as well as Paediatric First Aid. Natalie is accompanied each week by Kim or Corrinna.

What is a Forest School?

A Forest school is an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning, which encourages and inspires children through positive outdoor experiences. It does not necessarily need to be in a forest as such. The main site we use is a beautiful privately owned piece of woodland adjacent to Mount Browne.

By visiting the same site on a regular basis children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, to learn how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School sessions run throughout the school year, going to the site in all weathers (except for high winds).

Forest School sessions currently run on a Friday morning 9am – 12.45pm

The Forest School session essentially replaces the normal pre-school session, although the number of children involved is much smaller. We generally take around 12 of our older children out at any one time, with the minimum of three staff. We walk to and from pre-school to the site, which leaves us with a couple of hours for activities. During this time children take part in a range of planned and supervised activities such as making structures (shelters, knots and lashings, weaving etc.), natural art and craft, storytelling, tool use, fire making and campfire cooking, as well as using the site for unstructured play and exploration.

The sessions are extremely popular and are always full. We currently offer Forest school sessions only to those children in their final year before school, but if there is sufficient demand we try to add an additional session in the Summer term for the younger children who may want to do it the following year.

Your children will have great fun at forest school. Here is some Feedback from previous forest school parents:

“My child and I think forest shool is an absolutely fantastic thing for the children to do. It’s so wonderful that they get the opportunity to learn, explore and play in environments that we don’t normally go to. They get so much from the nature and crafts that they make together and it’s a highlight of my week seeing their little smiling faves as they walk back, hand in hand from their adventures, sometimes muddy or sandy but buzzing from another awesome forest school.”
Becky – 2016

“Forest school was one of the main reasons I decided to send my child to Child’s Play. It has been everything I hoped it would be and my child absolutely loves it. She is going to have a lot of memories of her adventures at Forest school. Thank you to all of you”
Samantha 2016

“Forest school is the best part of the whole week. Children love to be outside and learn. I love to listen to my child every week telling me about the amazing adventure she has had. Thank you all very much, you’re doing a great job”
Derya 2016

To find out more about our Forest School, please download our “Parent Information” document below (this document is in the PDF format, and is about 5mb in size.)

Useful websites:
Forest School Gallery

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