What is Forest School?

Forest School started in the UK in the 1990s. It is based on the Scandinavian 'frutisliv' open air culture of mainly outdoor, child centred play.

The UK wide governing body, The Forest School Association, outlines the 6 key principles of the Forest School ethos of learning:

  • It is a long term process of regular sessions.

  • It takes place in a natural environment.

  • It uses a range of learner centred processes.

  • It aims to promote the holistic development of those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  • It offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves.

  • It is run by qualified Forest School practitioners.

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

(Forest School Association)

What activities might my child take part in?

  • Building shelters with ropes, tarpaulins or natural materials.

  • Nature exploration.

  • Games and imaginative play.

  • Crafts with natural materials.

  • Working with tools.

  • Fire building and cooking over the fire.

Where is the site at Hylands Park?

We are based in an education area just behind Home Farm. If you use the Hylands House entrance and drive all the way up to the top car park (Hylands House and Stables Visitor Centre), park on the left hand side by the grassy area, we always meet by the picnic benches and travel into the site together. No one else uses this setting so the children develop a real sense of ownership and responsibility. 

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