History of Forest Schools
The Forest Schools concept originated in Scandinavia. The approach was widely adopted in Denmark in the 1980’s as a solution to the lack of indoor facilities for pre-school children.
In 1993 a group of nursery nurses and lecturers visited Settings in Sweden and witnessed the benefits. On their return to the UK they developed a Forest School programme and based on the impacts developed training and accreditation for other practitioners.
Margaret Hodge, former Minister for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education described Forest School as a ‘breath of fresh air‘.
Forest Schools has become widely accepted across the UK as a valuable mode of learning for all ages and client groups. Forest Schools have now been adopted by schools, early years settings, environmental projects and community groups, run by trained staff in their own grounds or local woodlands. The Forest School approach has taken on it’s own unique flavour here in the UK which is now being adopted elsewhere in the world.
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