Kiddie Capers are excited to offer our Forest School workshops

Forest School is a growing philosophy in the UK and has been adapted from the approach of Scandinavian countries, such as Sweden and Denmark. The philosophy is based on the desire to provide young children with an education that encourages an appreciation of the wide, natural world and which would encourage responsibility for nature conservation later in life.  Forest School draws on the work of several educational theorists, including, Fredrich Froebel, John Dewey, and Rudolph Steiner.  It fits well with the play based principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the emphasis on quality outdoor learning experiences.

Above all, our aim is to make Forest School fun!  We will be running sessions, primarily for the pre-school aged children, at each of our nurseries.  Sessions will take place in the local, natural environment, close to the nursery.  Our aim will be to build on children’s knowledge and familiarity of an area and give them the opportunity to lead their own learning by exploring.  All activities will be based on the children’s interests as well as giving them the chance to experience new things. The weather will not be a barrier as children will be provided with puddle suits and bring wellies from home.  This approach will help children to understand and manage risk, develop confidence, self-esteem, language skills and nurture a love of the outdoors