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Little Foresters

This November we're delighted to be launching our free Forest School taster sessions for Little Foresters aged 2-4 years old.

Sessions will be taking place on

Thursday 25 April, 9am - 10.15am

Thursday 9 May, 9am - 10.15am

Thursday 23 May, 9am - 10.15am

Thursday 6 June, 9am - 10.15am

Thursday 20 June, 9am - 10.15am

Thursday 27 June, 9am - 10.15am


In Forest School, all children are given the opportunity to access, experience and enjoy learning while working in the outside environment. We take the “classroom” outside and use the beautiful surroundings, weather and sounds to enhance their learning using all of the senses. This holistic approach encourages children’s imaginations, builds self-esteem and creates the desire to understand, learn and respect the natural world around them.

Little Foresters are in a safe environment where they can succeed and create through exploration and discovery. The children are able to enjoy and self-initiate their own learning, as well as follow direction from our qualified Forest School teacher.

In Forest School, children take calculated risks in a controlled environment. They are given the opportunity and responsibility, under supervision, to use tools and help be part of a team; such as creating a fire to keep them warm and cook food. Every child is valued and their input is vital; we work as a team and they are able to respect and treat each other fairly and as equals.

Each session begins around our Fire Circle, where we talk through the safety rules for working outdoors and about respecting each other.  Every session is clearly planned, to include a variety of small seasonal group activities linked to the story of the day. The session ends by returning to the fire circle for the close of the session.

Forest School is free to attend but places are limited, so please book in advance.

If attending our Little Foresters sessions, please can your child wear suitable clothing for the weather, always with legs and arms covered. In wet weather, waterproof trousers or suits are also necessary as we shall be kneeling and sitting.

The space beneath Summer Fields Tree House is just one of the locations in the 70 acres of grounds used for Forest School.