Based on Forest School principles, Woodland Explorers provides a unique and fun learning experience for our nursery and pre-school children, which teaches them about the environment. Woodland Explorers provides stimulating, memorable and exciting experiences whilst helping them recognise the importance of being healthy, staying safe, enjoying activities and making a positive contribution to the world around them.
These sessions are planned by qualified staff who have extensive knowledge of outdoor learning and the benefits this can bring.
Sessions take place twice weekly in a designated area adjacent to the outdoor play area. Woodland Explorers gives children a fabulous opportunity for active outdoor play and discovery. It focuses on allowing children to explore and develop their social, physical, intellectual and creative skills. Children also learn independence, self-confidence and emotional skills.
The children are provided with waterproof outfits, keeping them warm and dry while they build dens or find fairy houses in the trees. Other activities that take place are mini beast hunting, planting, and cooking with ingredients the children have grown, such as garlic for making yummy garlic bread.
An essential feature of Woodland Explorers is allowing children to manage their own risks under supervision. All this contributes to the children’s awareness of the world around them, teaching them skills for life.
- Increased confidence and self-belief
- Ability to manage risk
- Development of social skills
- Increased motivation and concentration
- Improved physical skills
- Deeper knowledge and understanding of the surrounding environment and seasonal changes
- Increased health and well-being
- Improved communication and language
- Improved personal, social and emotional development