An inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment." (Forest Education Association, 2005)

What is Forest School...?

Based on the Scandinavian model of outdoor learning and play, Forest School recognises the importance of regular contact with nature from an early age.  As young people become more disconnected with the natural world to the detriment of their physical and mental health, behaviour, wellbeing and of the environment, Forest School offers children the chance to play, learn and develop at their own pace in an outdoor setting.

A Forest School differs from traditional Outdoor Learning in a number of ways;  

  • Forest School focuses on the process rather than the outcome.  
  • Groups are smaller with a high adult:child ratio.
  • Sessions are lead by qualified Forest School practitioners.
  • Groups meet regularly.
  • Sessions are primarily child-led/play based.

Based around a central  camp, children are offered appropriately challenging and achievable tasks that aim to build confidence, skills and independence. From climbing trees, building dens to learning how to light a camp fire safely, Children use tools, play, explore, create, negotiate, work as a team, understand the natural world and grow in confidence and self-esteem .

Playing outside is important in so many ways.   Through regular Forest School and outdoor play sessions children can advance their language, communication, imagination, physical, problem-solving, cognitive, social, emotional and creative skills – as well as benefits to resilience and self esteem. To top all that off - being outdoors promotes a healthy lifestyle too.

Services

Forest School for your Nursery/School

We can come to your setting to deliver on-going Forest School sessions – or support newly qualified staff in establishing their own Forest School programme.

Parents & Pre-Schoolers

Our weekly Baby Bee Wild forest school and outdoor playgroup sessions for under 5's and their grown-ups run from Easthill Park, Portslade.

Forest School Taster Training

Learn more about the philosophy of Forest School and the benefits it has whilst getting away from it all and having fun!

Forest School Projects

We love all things Forest School and are always happy to discuss, support and offer our expertise when it comes to incorporating forest school with setting.