Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk-taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
The Forest School approach to learning in the outdoors is rooted firmly in the key progressive education theorists of the past one hundred and fifty years - from Froebel to Steiner, Vygotsky to Montessori, Dewey to Gardner – all of them put the child at the centre of their own learning; all talk of the importance of children being allowed to explore the world with appropriate support.
At Arbor Green Nursery we use Forest School to inspire a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how our children fit within it. Our approach to risk means that the children are constantly expanding on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience. Forest School, therefore, helps participants to become, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.