In January, 2012, the nursery staff team undertook a fun-packed and wonderfully interesting inset day in Forest Skills. This enabled members of staff to engage fully with the outdoor environment, understand the huge benefits of outdoor play for children and learn the rudiments of Forest School* and how it fits into The Early Years Foundation Curriculum.
Armed with a breadth of outdoor play ideas, games and activities taken from this Forest Skills workshop, Brue Farm Day Nursery is committed to include Forest Skills in its flexible daily routine with the children.
The children will have the opportunity during their time at nursery to engage in, and work with, natural resources and make the most of the outdoor environment. Activities include:
- Using tools to make things out of different kinds of wood that can be found in your hedgerows.
- Engaging in a series of games and activities which will encourage children to discover what is living in the nursery’s grounds, how they survive their importance
- A series of activities to enhance children’s play and encourage the children to explore their outdoor environment – many activities are spring-boards for further child-led play and adventures
- Campfire cooking/Storm kettle
Playing in natural spaces enhance communication, neural development and social skills whilst also offering possibilities for risk taking, different ways of moving, construction of special spaces and endless amounts of creativity, inspiration and spontaneity.
*An introduction to Forest School….Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on, achievable tasks in a local woodland environment. Across the UK and Denmark, Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis.
The aim for Forest School is that participating children will take part in a variety of activities which reflect the rhythms and changes of the seasons which help them to develop:
Good social communication skills
- A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence