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Forest School at Camden Community Nurseries

Boy showing leaf work done at the forest school, Camden Community Nurseries

Forest School is developed from the Scandinavian education system. This unique opportunity helps to promote children's independence, self-esteem and build their confidence through direct contact with the natural environment. They engage in child-led activities as well as adult initiated activities to support their learning. Forest School has an holistic approach to learning and development and supports the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Sington Nursery has a qualified Forest School Leader and an assistant Forest school leader who have undergone training to assist the children with their outdoor learning. We are now in the process of training all CCN staff. This unique educational experience uses the outdoor environment as a classroom with the freedom to explore.

What will my child be doing?
Playing with a net at forest school, Camden Community Nurseries The children and staff will spend about 1.5hrs per session (depending on the weather) in a local woodland area. Before we commence our trip to the site we establish the safety rules and set boundaries which are easily understood by all the children.

Through Forest School sessions children are able to play in the woods, climb trees, wade through mud, build dens, identify flowers, and make mud pies, hunt for minibeasts, make collages from natural materials and much more whilst having fun and learning through the outdoors.

The site is fully risk-assessed and a safety sweep is carried out before each session commences. Forest School Leaders are all qualified in pediatric first aid for working outdoors and we carry first aid and emergency equipment at every session.

What will my child need to wear?
The nursery will provide waterproof dungarees and welly boots for the children to wear on all forest school sessions, however could we request that your child has the following:

Girl exploring at the forest school, Camden Community Nuseries

Cold weather

  • A long sleeved top
  • Long comfy trousers
  • A fleece
  • Woolly hat
  • Gloves
  • Wellies
  • Coat
  • Lots of layers in cold weather
  • Warm weather

  • A long-sleeved cotton top
  • Trousers or shorts (Children still wear our waterproof trousers in warm weather)
  • Sun hat
  • Wellies