We have run over 6 years of Forest School with an overwhelming positive response from both parents and the children who participated. Forest School allows your
child to learn in all areas of the EYFS in an exciting,non formal, open, free environment where children learn through exlporation, investigation, taking supervised risk and learning
through their own imagination and creativity.This is a well respected form of education which is very high profile in Scandinavia and is now becoming recognised in the UK for its learning benefits
and contribution to a child's independence, confidence and judgement.
Charlie, the Forest School Manager, has attended some "serious" Forest School Level 3 training and is continually developing her skills. We now have our own Forest School dog,
"Broc" known by many of the children as "Brocolli" is owned by Charlie. He joined us in January at the age of 9 weeks and is a firm favourite with all the children. He loves going to forest school
and being with the children on their adventures. "Broc" is also being trained as a Surrey Search and Rescue dog. He is well trained and having been with children from the start he is lovely with them
and has a very friendly nature.
The Forest School team is growing in number and skills,Ruth has completed Forest School Level 1 and is looking to complete Level 2 training in the near future,Vicki has also
completed her Level 2 as has Ali. Becky is also completing her level 3 Forest School training.
The Forest School team provide Forest School sessions for the children over 3 years of age in the nursery where they will have the opportunity to do whittling, make fires, toast
marshmallows, use bow-saws and a lot, lot more. The children have a fantastic time and learn to approach "risk" with respect with amazing results.
The younger children in the nursery join in with "Mini Explorers" where they investigate, prod, poke and explore the woodland and local environment. This is also led by a Forest
School staff member.
All children within the nursery have daily access to the outdoor area and woodland where although the youngest may not participate if full "Forest School" sessions they do have the
opportunity to have adventures with the support of the Forest School team and other members of staff in Mini Explorers.