At Knaphill Pre-School we are very fortunate to have access to a lovely area of woodland that is located on our grounds. In 2017 we decided that it would be of real benefit to provide a whole new dimension of learning by taking advantage of our outside space, so we set about becoming Forest School accredited! Our Forest School leaders had specialist training to ensure that that our outdoor learning is delivered in a safe and controlled environment, and we now offer Forest School activities to all of our children (at no extra cost) as part of our standard curriculum.
Forest School is an outdoor educational approach, encouraging learning from regular, positive experiences in the outdoor environment. Children are actively encouraged to be independent, self-regulated and self-aware, enabling them to develop connections with the natural world, whilst respecting both the environment, their peers, practitioners and themselves. Forest School learning also encourages development of risk taking and problem solving whilst developing confidence and self-esteem. During Forest School sessions’ all areas of the Early Years Curriculum will be explored and observations will be made and linked to the curriculum.
When you join we will share our Forest School Handbook which explains how we embrace Forest School learning – the handbook lists all of our policies and procedures as well as providing detail about what equipment is required, how risk, health & safety is managed, and how we look after and respect the natural environment. Visit our Gallery where you can see our Forest School in action!