Benefits of Forest Schools
In 1993 a group of nursery nurses and lecturers from Bridgewater College in Somerset visited Swedish forest based provision and witnessed the benefits to children’s well-being and development.
Research showed that the children were far happier than children in urban kindergartens. The children also demonstrated greater socially capability, fewer days off sick, more ability to concentrate and better co-ordination than the city kindergarten children.
It was recognised that this ‘outdoor’ approach to play and learning can have a huge impact on the normal development of all children.
In the spring of 2010 an evaluation of the impact of a Forest School Programme with a number of schools and settings in Bradford West was commissioned from Kindling by Bradford Community Environment Project (BCEP).
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