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Introduction to Forest School

A Forest School is an inspiring learning experience that offers opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem in a woodland environment. Children experience nature at first hand through a series of achievable tasks which improve their ability to work co-operatively. They learn to take risks, meet challenges, make choices and initiate their own learning.

Our qualified Forest School Leaders devise a program of learning based on the children’s interests and that allows the children to build on skills from week to week, at their own pace. The Forest School takes place in a safe woodland environment for the children to explore, embedded in routine that is established early within the program.

What makes Forest School unique is its emphasis on learning outside of the traditional classroom; the children have the freedom to explore the ever changing environment, take risks and assess risks for themselves. It is directly linked to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

Surrey County Council Early Years funded the training of our Leaders (Level 3). Lyne and Longcross Nursery Forest School see the benefits in the children's personal, social and emotional development; their physical development as well as their communication skills. The benefits of attending Forest School are such that it has been decided to make Forest School part of our provision. All our pre-schoolers are asked to attend a minimum of two sessions in the Nursery and one session in the Forest School. If Forest School sessions are still available, they are offered to the younger children.

This short film will give you an insight into what a Forest School is, why it is important and the numerous benefits that it offers.

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