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Thursday, 10 February 2011 11:17

What are Forest schools?

' A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.’
 
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. 
 
A forest nursery is a type of preschool education for children between the ages of three and six that is held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment. The adult supervision is meant to assist rather than lead.
 
They can be described as a nursery without a ceiling or walls. The daycare staff and children spend their time outdoors, typically in a forest. A distinctive feature of forest nurseries is the emphasis on play with toys that are fashioned out of objects that can be found in nature, rather than commercial toys. Despite these differences, forest nurseries are meant to fulfill the same basic purpose as other nurseries, namely, to care for, stimulate, and educate young children.
 
Forest Schools have demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.
 
***Bamboo Childcare currently have a level 3 Nursery Nursery role for a Forest School based near Guildford.  Please send your cv to enquiries@bamboochildcare if you are interested alternatively visit our website and apply online at www.bamboochildcare.co.uk***