Our pre-school children go into the forest. We have our own den with a ready-made fire circle. We use the Kings Cliffe mini bus which picks us up from the village center car park at 9:15 and returns us to nursery for 11:30.
The children have a variety of activities to explore; some are continuous provisions such as magic potions and den building. Other activities are adult led and relates to the monthly theme; for example animal tracking or winter wonderland activities. We cook our own snack at the forest such as soup, beans and spaghetti hoops with bread.
The children also have the option to engage in free play and enjoy a reflection time at the end. Throughout the session children engage in risk-benefit analysis and learn very quickly to assess risks as a group.
Children do engage in tool work if appropriate for current interests – this is a one to one activity and led by a qualified staff member.
We have a ‘documenter’ at forest school who takes notes and photographs of the children and produces a power point learning journey of experiences which is emailed to parents each month.
The forest school program is extremely popular and we strongly recommend that parents book in advance.
The nursery provides snow suits, food and seats for transport and the session is led by a qualified level 3 forest school leader.