Outdoor Pre-School

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 is an Outdoor Pre-School?

We are an Outdoor Pre-School who follow the Forest School approach. This means that where possible, learning is initiated by those taking part, centred on the needs of the individual. We take a long-term sustained approach, inspiring the children through hands-on positive experiences. Surrey Hills Forest School is fully Ofsted registered.

Our Outdoor Pre-School takes place on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9am to 4pm during term time at Birtley Estate in Bramley, Guildford.
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Model buildings

A Typical Day at our Outdoor Pre-School

Let’s take a look at what a typical Outdoor Pre-School day could entail…


Your morning starts with a welcome from your key worker and quick catch up of how you are and anything that we need to know from your parents/carer, then straight in to the first question of the day.

What would you like to do?

  • Explore the woodland, looking for bugs
  • Build dens
  • Read a story
  • Cook over an open fire
Playing at Forest School
Forest School - Snacktime

Snack Time

By now you must be hungry? Would you like to help prepare a snack for your friends?

It’s Snack time –  A choice of something healthy and delicious such as fruit all washed down with a glass of milk or water. If you don’t want your snack right now, don’t worry it will be here for you when you do.

Back to playing

Let’s get back to playing again. We could carry on with what you were doing before snack, or we could try something different?

 How about ?

  • Drawing
  • Mud kitchen
  • Climbing
Mud kitchen
Surrey Hills Forest School


You must be ready for a break and some delicious hot food by now. Let’s wash our hands – don’t forget to count to twenty. Our food is prepared off site by a professional catering company, so don’t worry if you have an allergy or preference.


We need to wash up our lunch stuff first, let’s take our things to the sink and give them a clean, with bubbles and hot water.

Now we’re ready for afternoon fun, what will it be?

  • A walk around the beautiful grounds of the Estate, perhaps stopping to play in the stream?
  • Shall we pop in and see the residents of Birtley house? Perhaps we could share a story or a song.
Children playing in stream
Forest School - Playing

End of the Day

Not a lot of time left in the day perhaps there is just time for:

  • Torches
  • Hide and seek
  • Climbing/ Balancing

You must be ready for bed by now what with all that fresh air and outdoor fun. See you tomorrow for more outdoor fun and adventure.

Our Outdoor Pre-School runs during term time, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email us at: preschool@surreyhillsforestschool.co.uk 
or call us on 07947 993154.