Bristol nursery children embrace forest school learning
Date: 22 Jul 2019
Children at Bright Horizons Bristol Day Nursery and Preschool have been taking part in forest school sessions at nearby Ashton Court.
Children follow a simple set of “Forest School Rules” to keep them safe which includes staying within the boundary marked with red ropes and keeping where adults can see and hear them.
“We always encourage children to take assessed risks by climbing trees, provide gardening tools to dig and regularly use magnifying glasses to look closely at bugs, leaves and trees,” said Deputy Nursery Manager Lucy Cragg. “Recently, children have been creating crayon rubbings from trees and painting using simple tools in the mud.”
Forest school is an inspirational concept providing learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment. Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Forest school embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.