Forest School has been an integral part of early years education in Scandinavia since the 1950’s. The philosophy is to provide young children with an education which encourages appreciation of our natural world and healthy outdoor habits and a responsibility for nature conservation in later life.
But it goes much further than that. It is by far the best initiative I have ever employed with young children. They learn differently outside, their independence and self esteem explodes and their wellbeing magnifies. They make new connections, both with their peers and their learning and understanding. They make their own choices, set themselves challenges and lead their own learning. They ‘grow’ more quickly.