Here at the Spinney are always looking for ways to develop children’s skills in a fun, enjoyable and inspiring way and encourage the children have as much outdoor play in the fresh air as possible. Over the years we have provided Forest School style sessions in the woods or in other natural suroundings.
Throughout the year the Pre School & Toddlers have the opportunity to experience play and exploration in a natural surrounding including nature walks, creating Bug Hotels, going on Bear Hunts and arts and crafts using natural resources.
Set in a safe, secure and fantastic small woodland nest to the Spinney day Nursery Hoole, this is a truly inspirational experience for the children where they have been able to learn, adventure and explore the natural environment.
For those who are unsure as to what Forest School is:
Forest School is based on a Scandinavian idea of embracing the outdoors as a learning environment, Forest School involves children and young people working with a qualified Forest School Leader on a frequent and regular basis throughout the year (ideally once a week) in a local woodland setting or on a designated Forest School site. They follow their usual curriculum, but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem and develop confidence, independence, language and communication skills. The Forest School Leader works with the school/setting staff to carry themes looked at in the classroom into the woodland
Having researched the subject and looked into case studies , and having spoken to a Forest School Level 3 Practitioner it seems that the benefits are numerous and include developing physical skills and agility at an early age, social development, self confidence & self-esteem, team work, motivation, skills and knowledge, and pride in, and understanding of, their surrounding environment.
This is similar to the ethos of our Holiday Club sessions ‘the Spinney Adventurers Club’ which has been a real hit with the older children since it started last summer. We feel a similar experience, though more directed at the younger children, would really be an enjoyable and beneficial experience for the pre-school children specifically before they continue their own journey to school.
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