About Us

Find out more about the origins of The Forest Approach.

The Forest Approach – A New Approach - Social distancing

An update - Lockdown 2 

After reviewing the guidance published so far, The Forest Approach will continue to remain open during this current lockdown, unless specifically advised otherwise by Government or Local Authority.

Having read the advice available at present, there is clear indication that we will fall within these guidelines and will continue to remain open:

 

“Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care”.

 

We are an educational environment that enables parents to work, with 8 spaces available in Hartley Whitney. By operating in smaller numbers with a robust Covid-19 policy, we can socially distance in an outside environment safely.

 

We are able to therefore provide very small bubble groups. We also have implemented a lot of policies and procedures to ensure everyone's wellbeing is our absolute priority.

 

If we do have to close down I will immediately contact parents and transfer workshops to another suitable date. I will however not be able to run Acorn & Oak workshops due to the number of adults and children being together (These will commence again on the Wednesday 2rd/3rd December*)

 

If you have any questions please contact Wendy Hamley (theforestapproach@hotmail.com ) and we will be happy to discuss directly.

 

Exclusive Educational Workshops (Sole use of The Hut) -at one with nature

A day for wellbeing

As the Forest Approach opened its 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  had 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”.

Exclusive Workshops will continue as it’s important for us to continue to support your Well-being.Same Family of 6 people only. Covid-19 policy needs to be adhured to.

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!

Workshops

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 Hut

Sustainable environment 

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. 

Educational Workshops 

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

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