What is Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in natural environments. Activities on offer will include den building, tool use, mini beast hunting, creative art using natural materials, team games and cooking on fire. The children however are at the centre of the process and we facilitate their choice of play whether that means mud pies, hide and seek, hunting for Gruffalo or whittling sticks! We aim to provide the time and space for exploration, playing with friends (and making new ones!) and reconnecting with the natural environment. Evidence shows that children who spend time regularly playing outside in natural environments have higher self reported levels of well being, develop skills of creativity and are highly motivated to learn about the world around them.
What happens if it rains?
Forest School happens whatever the weather so we recommend that children wear waterproofs and wellies or walking boots-all in ones are great or separate waterproof jackets and trousers. We love the rain and think it’s is a fantastic multisensory natural experience that offers a wealth of puddle jumping, mud as well as new smells and sights. We will also bring our giant tarp to create a dry space to get out of the rain if the children wish!
Will there be a snack?
Yes! We will provide a small snack and water will be available throughout the session. In colder weather we will also have hot chocolate to warm up chilly hands! You are of course welcome to provide your own—please advise us of any dietary requirements your child may have.
Sessions will be run by our qualified Forest School Leader Claire and her play team and are open to children aged 4-11 years. All staff are DBS checked and are highly experienced in the provision of children’s play opportunities in the natural environment. Children will be collected directly from their classrooms, helped to change in to their waterproofs if needed and escorted to the nature garden.
Collis School Forest School Club- we are currently offering Forest School after school club at Collis on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please book below or add your name to the waiting list.
Hampton Wick Infant School Forest School Club – Tuesday & Thursday after school – please book below or contact us for more info.
Forest School Services
Brilliant Play offer inclusive Forest School sessions to children and their families that encourage regular contact with the natural environment. If you are a school, nursery or children’s centre please contact us to discuss your requirements. We can provide one off sessions, inset training or more regular opportunities as needed.