Forest School at Eureka! Nursery

Eureka! Nursery Forest School LogoWhat’s Forest School all about?

Forest Schools provide opportunities for children to experience nature and the outdoors in a safe, secure, hands-on way. We regularly run Forest School activities as part of our nursery lead by Kelly Fong, our qualified Forest School Practitioner. Here’s some background information about Forest Schools, what they include, and the benefits.

If you have any questions please ask to speak with Kelly.

What is a Forest School?

Forest Schools started in Scandinavia, based on research into engaging with children who rebelled against traditional schooling. Children were given the opportunity to explore nature and the outdoors by investigating and playing, using a range of activities and natural resources.┬áThe research found that children’s personal and emotional skills were positively impacted by the regular sessions, as well as their knowledge and understanding of the environment and environmental issues. Forest Schools are now run around the world.

You don’t need to literally run the sessions in a forest – any natural landscape, large or small, will do. Forest School sessions are run over a long period of time, with regular and frequent sessions in a natural, wooded environment.┬áThe sessions combine activities designed by the session leader but also place an importance on allowing children to develop their own interests and narratives.Exploring autumn leaves

Forest School activities include:

  • Den building
  • Working with hand tools
  • Learning to tie ropes
  • Sensory exploration using natural resources
  • Learning about fire safety
  • Caring for mini-beasts and plants

Forest School – Health & Safety

The health & safety of the children in our care is central to the Forest School programme. Our site has been risk-assessed, and appropriate procedures and policies are in place. Children are closely supervised at all times and all staff are trained in first aid. Sessions are run by our qualified Forest School Leader (ONC Level 3) who plans, observes and reviews sessions to ensure that our children are safe.

The Benefits of Forest School

Not only will children learn about the natural environment and how to care for it, but they benefit in many, many ways, including:

  • Improved social skills
    Team work and communication skills
  • Safe risk-taking
    Learning to recognise and assess risk, boosting confidence and self-esteem
  • Learning about the world we live in
    Practical knowledge and encouraging future environmental responsibility
  • Physical skills development
    Particularly fine and gross motor skills
  • Increased physical activity
    Being active outside – whatever the weather!
  • Curriculum links
    Forest School covers the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework and the Every Child Matters agenda.

 

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