Forest Schools

Forest Schools

Outdoor Play and Learning

Information for Parents and Carers

What are Forest Schools?
Forest Schools offer children frequent, regular play opportunities in a woodland setting throughout the year, in almost all weathers.

What are the benefits for your child?
Research has proven that regular outings to the woodland help to develop children’s emotional wellbeing as well as developing their physical and cognitive skills.
For example children:
• learn to work together and take turns
• develop their own sense of independence
• develop their own self-esteem and confidence
• improve their listening and talking skills
• begin to understand and appreciate their environment
• have greater opportunities to be physically active
What will we do at Blairmore?
It is our intention between now and next summer to organise weekly outings for groups of children to visit a woodland in our local area on a rota basis Each group will visit the woodland approximately once every three/four weeks.

We will be going to Ardgowan Estate, Inverkip.
The nursery minibus will take the children to the Estate
They will have the opportunity to take part in organised activities planned carefully by staff.

Safety and Risk Assessment
A risk assessment of the woodland area has been carried out.
Clear rules will be established with the children before each outing.

What does your child need?
We will supply waterproof dungarees.
Please leave a pair of wellies in the nursery for your child as we will use them in our own outdoor area as well as in the woodland. Please make sure your child is wearing a waterproof jacket. Gloves and a hat will be needed when the weather turns cold.

What happens next?
Before your child’s first outing we will invite you into nursery to find out what we plan to do and give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

We will also give you a timetable for your child’s visits.

Please do not hesitate to speak to any of the staff regarding any questions you may have.

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