Forest Schools

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Forest Schools consciously generate positive social and emotional outcomes for children and young people through regular child led experiences in a woodland setting.

Forest School Taster Days are a great way to find out more about Forest School. 

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Forest Schools are a unique and fun approach to working with children and young people: the use of the outdoors, specifically woodlands, the harnessing of accelerated learning techniques and the encouragement of learning through play.

Kindling works with Schools, Early Years settings, Children’s Centres, Out of School clubs and holiday schemes to develop and deliver Forest School programmes. To discuss your requirements please contact us.

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Forest Schools Philosophy

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The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals, of any age, to enjoy the opportunities offered by natural play, through positive outdoor experiences.

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, balanced emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness, can be developed to help reach personal potential.

Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit local woodlands on a regular basis, with trained practitioners and through play and self directed learning, have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly how to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

Forest School programmes run throughout the year, going to the woods in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become more self motivated.

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