Studies have shown that pre-school education conducted outdoors, rather than mainly indoor play, is more effective at promoting children’s emotional well-being and confidence, attention and concentration skills, and their language and communication skills. It naturally helps children’s physical well-being and health, balance and co-ordination, as well as their problem solving skills.
‘Children have suitable opportunities to be healthy and to develop their physical skills, for example, through outdoor activities at the forest school and daily outdoor play’ Ofsted March 2016
The pre-school has a large and open grass area in which we provide a variety of resources to enhance a wide range of skills. We encourage the children to extend their play outside everyday and make the most of the space while developing their physical abilities, co-ordination and balance. In the outdoor environment the children also have opportunities to develop their awareness of the weather through experiencing different conditions and their knowledge of insects and plants.
‘They learn to take measured risks and challenge themselves as, for example, they carefully use the climbing equipment.’ Ofsted June 2016.
In 2016 the pre-school leader qualified as a Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner and set up a weekly Forest School outing to local woods. The pre-school deputy is currently training as a Forest School practitioner and these outings are continuing. We remain very excited about the learning and development opportunities these offer the children. For more information about Forest School, download the Handbook through the following link and talk to the pre-school deputy. Forest School Handbook 100417
‘She particularly loves Forest School and her learning is massively enriched by being able to go there’ (parents survey January 2018).