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An Outdoor Pre-School following the Forest School Approach

We Are Open!

Our Pre-School is remaining open during the current Government restrictions.

We closely monitor and implement information from Public Health England, the Department of Education, Surrey County Council and all Government guidance to ensure we are acting upon the most up to date information and workplace best practices concerning the spread and containment of COVID-19. You can read our full COVID-19 Policy Document here.

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


Scenes from our Forest School

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Surrey Hills Forest School


Make every day an adventure at Surrey Hills Forest School. With two rural locations in the rolling Surrey Hills including an Ofsted registered outdoor pre-school, we can tailor activities for schools, nurseries or even a birthday party.

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Surrey Hills Forest School

20 hours 46 minutes ago

Thank you Rachel Skilton for this amazing egg free pancake recipe . We used oat milk so it was dairy free as well. Everyone loved it.Next time We’ll have to make more!

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3 weeks 3 days ago

Surrey Hills Forest School updated their status.

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3 weeks 3 days ago

Good Childcare practice means listening to the children and then acting on what they say. After listening to the children, we planned a session where we talked about volcanoes and made a live volcano for ourselves.

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.