The Forest School Association describes Forest School “as an inspirational process that offers all learner regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees”.
Forest School is held on site at Little Pippins, on the left as you enter the car park and our second site is at the car end of the car park.
Every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
What Will the Children Do?
The sessions are child lead to allow the children to become little adventurers, climb, dig, hunt, build dens and much much more! The leaders are there to keep the children safe, observe and give them help when needed but will be lead by the children. We also have a fire. This is a gradual process, starting off with a candle in a lantern, then a small fire in a colander, followed by a fire that they will be able to bake stick bread on. The children learn about fire safety and we will only move on through the process if the leader feels the children are ready.
What Does Your Child Need?
For every session your child needs wellies, long sleeved top and joggers or leggings. When it is cold they will need a coat, hat and gloves. Little Pippins will provide waterproofs and a sun hat and sun cream in the summer. It is important that they have warm clothing when it is cold.
Snack is a special time at Forest School. We all sit around the log circle and find out what amazing things we have discovered. There is a hand washing station and once they have washed away the mud they sit down and enjoy hot chocolate and a biscuit. Don’t worry if your child does not like hot chocolate there will be milk or water. To fit in with the ethos of Forest School all of our snacks will be Fair Trade and locally sourced. Our soap will also be environmentally friendly.
We take photos during the Forest School sessions and the childrens’ experiences and adventures are recorded on their Tapestry learning journal for you to see. We may also create a photo displays within the preschool.
Forest School Leader in training.
December 2018- Trudie is currently training as our new Forest School Leader and expects to qualify in Spring 2019. We are still offering the children the regular Forest School experience but with no fires until she is qualified.
If you have any questions or worries about Forest School please come and speak to us.
We are very lucky at Little Pippins to be able to offer this amazing experience to our children. I am sure they are going to enjoy it as much as the adults do!