Our provision takes inspiration from the Forest School approach. We believe that spending time outdoors is very important. The children go outdoors every day no matter what the weather because we believe that the fresh air and wide open spaces are good for them.
We use the local Copse at Lousehill Copse for the Forest School Session, on a Wednesday and Friday. Kirsty is our qualified Forest School Leader. We provide the children waterproof clothes and wellies.
The child-led sessions allow children the freedom to explore the environment and direct their own experiences based on their interests and needs
We look for signs of seasons, den building, climbing tree, bug hunts, mud painting, jump in muddy puddles and take notice of natural features.
What are the benefits to children?
There are many benefits to children spending time outside in terms of their health and education. These benefits cover all areas of the EYFS.
Outdoor play can help to counter obesity. It can also improve strength and coordination skills and counter vitamin D deficiency. Outdoor play has also been shown to help prevent mental health issues, behavioural and emotional problems. It is equally important for children to grow up with an appreciation for the environment, teaching children the importance of not littering, respecting wildlife, trees and other people’s right to enjoy the outdoor space as well.
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