The Forest School children are based in our Shepherds hut which has its own fire and hand-washing facilities. When the weather is extremely poor they also have the luxury of our outdoor classroom to use. It is lovely to welcome back the children and always a bonus if the Forest School leaders had worked with them when they were younger.
We call our older children, the Forest Schoolers. Most of what they choose to do lasts for the day or even days – they are often off walking, seen building dens, climbing trees and using adult size hand tools. Here the team work is really obvious as they bring construction to a large scale. The imagination is free to go wild and creativity presents itself with excited children relaying their experiences to their parents upon collection.
Nutfield Day Nursery Forest School
Forest School in the holidays
When children have left us to go onto school we offer Forest School for them during their holidays, this is for children from their reception year right up to the age of twelve. This works extremely well for families who have younger siblings already attending nursery. It is operated between 8am and 6pm, with an hour either side if required. Children are catered for by the nursery, although they can have supervised cooking on their open fires periodically. This service compliments our nursery and can be booked in advance or day by day. All the children need is the right clothes, sun cream and hats, water proofs and a change of sturdy footwear as we are likely to get wet!