The Forest Approach – A New Approach - Social distancing
At The Forest Approach we are able to provide very small groups for safety. We also have implemented a lot of policies and procedures to ensure everyone's wellbeing is our absolute priority.
Exclusive Educational Workshops (Sole use of The Hut) -at one with nature
A day for wellbeing
The Forest Approach opened it's holistic environment offering families the opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a natural environment that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor.
Who would have known it would offer a lot more than that !
Covid-19 was not something we could have foreseen; however, I looked at what I could do to ensure safety to all our children and adults when we opened.
After a few months of opening , it was more than just a business. Adults, seniors, and children’s mental health and well being was improving due to the Forest Approach,
Families have breathed in the fresh air and enjoyed the space for the first time since lockdown. Some family members met each other for the first time after 12 weeks of isolated. There was tears of happiness and relief, so pure joy was shown.
There was families who attended with medical conditions that was extremely frightened of the aspect of leaving their homes and attending , As the Hut was for sole use only they felt safe, they have return for a piece of “normal”.
A bit about The Forest Approach
During our workshops, you/your child will have access to fantastic woodland locations where you/they will have hands-on experiences.
Our activities allow you/your child to progress at your/their own pace and in your/their own unique way through a state of deep involvement, engaging minds in the natural wonderment of the surrounding environment and participation in activities in the woodlands and at our on-site base ‘The Hut’.
We design our workshops around the ages, stages, and needs of the individuals and groups attending.
We work in partnership with children, their parents, adults, carers, Early Years practitioners and teachers to support the participants to pursue their own interests and curiosity, enabling them to create their own world and reach their individual potential.
We nurture an environment where individuals can be involved, develop and progress.
Our Forest School Leaders relish in good ‘old fashioned’ outdoor fun and games while introducing new skills such as fire lighting, outdoor cooking, tool use and nature crafts.
Take a look at our workshops. We would love to meet you!
What to expect from us
The Forest Approach have designed their workshops to encourage everyone to feel comfortable playing outdoors and exploring the woodland environment. The woodland allows lots of opportunities to be creative in an outdoor setting and have the space to explore activities that interest them. The Forest Leader may provide some loosely structure through planned activities, However the direction will be decided by the participants and each workshop may be slightly different. The Forest Approach will sometimes include food and drink and shared amongst the group . This will gives the children/adults the opportunity to gather together and share their experiences. At the end of each workshop, the leader will regroup and reflect on their experiences during the session, sharing with the rest of the group what they have enjoyed the most during the session.
The have a purpose built outdoor shelter called ‘The Hut’ in an enclosed field. We have our logged fire circle close to ‘The Hut’ where an array of activities take place. These include den making, campfire cooking, guided tool activities, clay work, stonework, nature art and crafts activities.
Preschools, Nurseries, Schools, Childminders & Homeschooling
Shared Experiences and learning in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will be always alert to individual children always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning