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An Outdoor Pre-School following the Forest School Approach


We are delighted to announce that we will once again be running our popular Forest School Holiday Clubs for children aged 2 to 8 – taking place every day over half term from Monday 25th to Friday 29th October from 10am to 4pm.
Book now to avoid disappointment – Places are limited!

Stay and Play is Back!

We are delighted to announce that our Stay and Play sessions have now recommenced on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, from 09:45 to 11:45.

What we offer

As well as our regular Outdoor Pre-School, we can tailor activities to suit your needs, whether you are a school, a nursery, or even if you want a birthday party with a difference.


Our Outdoor Pre-School follows the Forest School Approach and takes place on Mondays & Fridays from 9am to 4pm at Birtley Estate in Bramley, Guildford.

For Schools

A Forest School environment provides a classroom without walls, with space for children to explore, experience, develop their natural curiosity and learn in a practical context.

For Nurseries

Forest Schools help promote young children’s social and emotional development by allowing them to learn how to work with others, listening and sharing ideas.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate the big day, whilst experiencing the beauty of the Surrey Hills. We can provide parties with a bespoke, hands-on adventure for your children and their friends.

Stay and Play

Whether a nanny or childminder looking for something different to do, or a parent who wants to try new activities alongside their children, everyone is welcome at our Stay and Play sessions.

Holiday Clubs

Our Holiday Clubs offer a vast range of activities to keep young children entertained throughout the holidays.

Why choose a Forest School?

A Forest School gives children the hands-on opportunity to learn about their natural environment, whilst allowing them to use their own initiative to solve problems. We see it as being a valuable part of a well-rounded Pre-School experience.
Playing in the mud kitchen
Outdoor fun at Surrey Hills Forest School


The flexible and adaptable approach that Lee and Nike provide at Surrey Hills Forest School ensures that every child’s individual interests are nurtured and the curriculum is tailored to their passions. He comes home after every session saying, ‘That was the best day EVER!’


Thank you so much for a fun packed day for my two boys age 5&6. They have come home with beaming smiles and talking non stop about all the amazing things they have done.


I’ve been to a couple of his sessions and can see why all the kids love them! As a way of getting children to appreciate and have fun outdoors, I can only recommend this.


My daughter had a brilliant time there and really enjoyed all the variety of outdoor learning provided by the team. I would highly recommend a forest school setting to all pre-school children – it’s such a lovely experience for them to learn in nature.


The Forest School is such a lovely place! Carefully thought out, nurturing and safe. My daughter loved her time there and keeps talking about going back next year! I would thoroughly recommend it.


Both girls love their time at forest school. Lee and his team have provided a fantastic environment for them to explore the woods, play independently and with friends and also to learn new skills.


We love this forest school!  Our son has flourished here, he has speech and language difficulties but the nature of this setting has allowed him to explore his speech abilities without the spotlight of a classroom. Lee has made a wonderful preschool in the forest.


Friendly, helpful and accommodating. On the day I was impressed with how quickly he learnt the children’s names and included all of them; even the shy ones were running around laughing within a few minutes. Thank you for a fantastic party!


Thanks so much to Lee and his wonderful team for a brilliant forest school afternoon on Saturday. 45 excited 8-year olds had an amazing time. Chantry woods are so beautiful and the kids loved the fresh air, freedom and adventure. Can’t recommend it more highly – thanks again.


From the outset, Lee has been extremely focussed and organised, delivering enriching and exciting learning opportunities for the pupils. As a result we are already seeing the pupils improving in their skills such as independence, resilience and communication skills.


Head Teacher, Sandfield Primary School, Guildford


How do you rate our Forest School?

We recently asked the parents and carers to answer a few questions to give us some feedback on Surrey Hills Forest School. Each question was rated from 1 to 5, with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent. The results are shown below.
Many thanks to everyone who took time to complete the questionnaire.

Do you think that the forest school has a friendly and inclusive atmosphere?

100% Excellent

Does the forest school stimulate your child?

100% Excellent

Is it a safe place for children to attend?

82% Excellent

Does your child look forward to coming to the forest school?

82% Excellent

Do you feel fully informed when your child has an accident at forest school?

Are you happy with the level of security at the forest school?

Do you think your child’s individual needs are being met?

100% Excellent

This questionnaire was carried out with parents and carers of children attending Surrey Hills Forest School in May 2021.

Scenes from our Forest School

Latest Updates

Surrey Hills Forest School

2 months 4 weeks ago

Who said “everything tastes better deep fried” They were right! Battered and fried Elderflower for snack today. The children located the Elderflower by using our leaf ID sheet. We cleaned it and made the batter. We lit the fire and heated the oil. Five minutes later deep fried goodness all

Surrey Hills Forest School

5 months 3 weeks ago

What’s better than chocolate cake cooked inside an orange. A great way to start the week at Surrey Hills Outdoor Pre-School.

Surrey Hills Forest School

6 months 1 week ago

Bet you can’t guess this weeks theme! Paleontologist’s in the making.

Ofsted Registered
Surrey Hills Forest School is fully Ofsted Registered and our Leader is a qualified Level Three Forest School Leader with seven years in Early Years childcare.