Our Forest School Sessions
We run a variety of sessions including term time 2 hour sessions where children are accompanied by their adults (aged 18 months+ but a trial session is available for younger children) Saturday drop off sessions and holiday drop off sessions (reception age+)
For more information about booking our sessions please visit our book sessions page.
We are always open to suggestions for other sessions and events that may be of interest.
Why Forest School?
Forest School is about 'the process, not the product' (Montessori). At Nature Explorers we follow the Forest School principles set out by the FSA 2011.
Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. Forest School uses a range of learner-centered processes to create a community for development and learning.
Children are given opportunities to take supported risks, appropriate to the environment and to themselves. We encourage risk-taking under adult supervision.
We run the Forest School badge scheme in partnership with Releasing Potential this is for children aged 4+ and gives the opportunity to work towards and earn badges for different Forest School skills.
The skills include fire lighting, cooking, tool use, woodland crafts, den/shelter building, environmental, nature observation.
There are 3 levels to work through as children gain more skills. Please ask for more information.
We meet at the Art Shed (red door on the carpark) and take the register.
Mess is encouraged (please dress for mess).
Pre-booking is essential.
We go out in all weathers except for high winds.
Sessions are approx. 2 hours long.
Children are to be accompanied by their responsible adult during Forest School sessions.
Sessions are child-led. Children may choose to engage with provided activities or free play.
We have an optional Forest Explorers badge scheme (please ask for more info).
A typical session involves group activities, free play and exploration, a choice of nature crafts, stories and a campfire (usually with a tasty treat!)
Campfire snacks are often provided, though we recommend bringing your own snacks and drinks.
Tea and coffee are provided in colder weather please bring your own mug.