Forest School

Leigh Lollipops Nursery runs high quality Forest School inspred sessions for those children attending the Nursery on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. under the direction and supervision of a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader.

 

What is Forest School?

 

Forest Schools originated in Scandinavia where the concept is now well established as way of learning.  Forest Schools move the “classroom” into the outdoor environment, and there are many widely recognised advantages of this approach to early years education.

 

We have always placed high value on outdoor learning but from September we will be extending this approach by introducing Forest School sessions for Pre-School children on certain afternoons in the week.

 

The Forest School approach to learning is exciting and inspirational in which children participate in a series of sessions in the natural environment. Children are offered rich opportunities to promote their well being and confidence in the outdoor environment and are given the freedom to develop their own ideas, make decisions, solve problems and take risks.

 

What are the benefits of Forest School?

  • Children are given the opportunity to experience the elements and enjoy “real” experiences;

  • Offers opportunities to learn that caters for different learning styles - learning is more informal and stimulates thinking forming the basis of life long learning;

  • Space and freedom to move around and develop physical skills - active learning;

  • Develops risk taking and more importantly develops the understanding of risk in a managed way;

  • More time to explore and investigate and develop own ideas;

  • Open - ended with no pre-requisite end result - develops self esteem and sense of pride in own achievements;

  • Provides opportunities for real creativity and imaginative play;

  • Physically challenging with associated health benefits;

  • Is fun!

 

What happens at Forest School

 

Children spend the whole afternoon session (1.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.) in the “forest”. They will need to be supplied with suitable protective clothing (waterproof suit / dungarees) so that sessions will take place regardless of the weather. Parents are asked to ensure that their children have other suitable outdoor clothing i.e. hats, gloves and coats so that the children are adequately prepared to face the elements.

 

Sessions take place in the private wood opposite the Nursery in Leigh.

 

All equipment necessary for the session is taken with us including water bottles and snacks.

 

The exact detail of the session will depend on the children but they are likely to be involved in activities such as

  • Storytelling

  • Mini beast hunts

  • Den making

  • Circle time

  • Collecting/sorting

  • Investigating

  • Recording

  • Mark making

  • Listening

Forest School Inspired Days

As part of our commitment to Forest education, Leigh Lollipops Nursery also seeks to share its wonderful rural surroundings with children who live in the area.  Leigh Lollipops Nursery offers outstanding forest activities under the direction and supervision of a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader.

 

Our Forest School Inspired Days are aimed at children who are not yet old enough to go to school full time and we invite parents and carers to join their children for a morning of learning and fun.

 

A typical programme for the day is as follows:

 

10.00 a.m.     Refreshments in Leigh Lollipops Nursery

10.30 a.m.     Off to the woods with Sarah for some woodland fun!

12 noon         Return to The Nursery for a debriefing and to think about what we have learned

12.30 p.m.     Home for lunch!

 

Everyone is invited to join us for these wonderful days but please be aware that spaces are limited and demand is high.

 

Our Forest School Days for 2017 are on:

 

Wednesday 13 September

Thursday 28 September

Wednesday 11 October

Thursday 2 November

Wednesday 15 November

Thursday 30 November

 

Ideally places should be booked a month in advance.  

 

Cost is £5.00 per session per child and £5.00 per accompanying adult

 

Please contact enquiries@leighlollipops.org or call 01306 611381 to book your place now!

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