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’.
Activities 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.
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
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"I'm absolutely LOVING the birth - 4 sessions!! The activities are SO simple yet my sons and I are learning SO much! I learned how to spot two different plant species today thanks to the lovely Rohan and it's giving me ideas for things to do with the boys that I wouldn't usually - Helping me to think outside the box a little. We'd been for a walk in those same woods only yesterday but going in with the Foresteers was a completely different yet wonderful experience. I feel like both Ché and I are benefitting from it. It's really increasing my confidence in the having the boys in the great outdoors. I'm so glad we have these sessions so close by."
"I need to book onto the next one"
Rachel Lacombe (Parent)
"I attended the birth - 4 years Foresteers session this morning with my 2 year old son and we both really loved it. My son was in his element splashing in the stream, making mud soup in the mud kitchen, toasting marshmallows on the fire pit and chilling in the hammock with his friends. The session was very well organised and run. We will definitely be going back and highly recommend to anyone. I can't wait until my 5 year old is old enough to attend the 6-11 group too."
Lisa Moralee (Parent)
Do you have an outdoor space that needs developing with ideas around Forest School?
If so we can come and design one for you. We ask that children, parents and teachers give ideas so we can plan your space. Full site inspections are free. If you want us to draw any plans then these are charged at £250. If you decided to go with us to create your area then this charge is waivered.
We have been busy developing areas. Firvale Pre School in Sheffield are the latest to have their outside space transformed into a Foresteer Site. Fully equipped mud kitchens, moveable water features and building areas have all been added to the site. A fully weather proof gazebo and hammock were requested by staff. A log circle seating area was also created for the children. For a FREE quotation please get in touch.
Foresteer activities are perfect for children's birthday parties! Some ideas for sessions include:
Stick Man book theme
Robin Hood theme
Contact us so we can plan your child's party.
Rates: Start from £8 per child with a minimum of 6 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.
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
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