Forest School for Nurseries

Child-Initiated Programmes

Forest School offers children an excellent opportunity for exploration and play.

Most activities within a Forest School programme are child-initiated, with the activity going in the direction that the child has chosen. The child may decide to work independently, developing their own creativity and problem-solving skills. They may however decide to join up with other children and work within a team. This benefits the child’s Social and Emotional development as they learn how to work with others, listening and sharing ideas.

Child-initiated programmes for Nurseries
Tailored Forest School Programme for Nurseries

A tailored Forest School Experience

Surrey Hills Forest School can offer a tailored Forest School experience for the children within your setting. If you have access to a minibus there is the chance to see the Surrey Hills in their full glory, whilst playing in 147 Acres of woodland at Chantry Wood. If you don’t have vehicular access then Surrey Hills Forest School is able to make an appointment to measure up any outdoor space, and run Forest School programmes from your setting.

Typical Activities for Nurseries

Working with the Early Years Foundation Stage

Risk Taking – understanding of how to manage your own risk whilst using real life tools such as saws, coupled with considering your own risk of how to climb trees
Understanding of the Natural Environment – How what we do and how we do it effects the environment around us
Den Building– Working together to build dens, using large and small sticks
Bug Hunting – Identifying bugs, and then drawing, or making clay representations
Air-Dry Clay – Using clay to represent our imagination
Natural Potion Making – Understanding different natural smells and textures to make potions
Leaf/Tree Identification – Identifying different leaves by size, colour, texture
Leaf Art – Using leaves to make pictures/artwork
Fire Building – Teaching children how to make a fire with care and attention to safety
Problem Solving – Working together to solve simple problems