Forest Schools offer a creative approach to outdoor learning and play. Taking place in an inspiring woodland environment, children participate in fun and engaging tasks that improve their motivation and self-esteem and develop their social and emotional skills.
Through regular play in the woodland, children get to experience the natural environment, handle risks, solve problems and work with others, all using their own initiative. It helps them learn to use tools, play safely and learn boundaries whilst encouraging self-confidence and independence.
The Little Rascals Forest School
Our Forest School provides children with a once a week session over a period of seven weeks. Sessions last between 1 ½ and 2 ½ hours.
The first six sessions take place at our newly created, on-site Forest School which features mud kitchens, den making equipment and even a fire pit where children can sit in a circle, tell stories and enjoy toasted marshmallows!
The final session is a trip to Brockholes Nature Reserve where children can test the skills they’ve learnt in a new forest environment.
Boundaries, rules and tool safety talks
Painting and leaf art
Hide and seek
Building homes for woodland puppets
Log dog crafts
Circle time for stories, reflection and treats
Our Rolling Programme
The Little Rascals Forest School operates on a seven week rolling programme. When one programme ends, a new one will begin.
To give more children the opportunity to participate, each new programme will take place on a different day of the week. For example, if the current programme takes place every Tuesday, the following programme will take place every Wednesday and the one after that every Thursday.
Forest School Health
The safety of the children in our care is our highest priority and we have followed every guideline and best practice to make our Forest School safe for all who take part. This includes high-level risk assessments and the installation of specialist equipment. Our Forest School leader is also qualified in Level 3 Forest School Programme Leadership.
Special Clothing and Equipment
Little Rascals will provide all children with waterproof jackets and trousers should they be needed. However, children will need suitable clothing and footwear for the time of year. Wellies are ideal for wearing in wet and muddy conditions.
Which Children are Eligible to Attend?
The Forest School is open to all children aged 3 or above who currently attend Little Rascals Nursery.
The cost for attending the Little Rascals Forest School is included in the regular day rate, so no additional payment is required. However, your child will need to be booked into the nursery on the days it is run.
How to Sign Your Child Up for Little Rascals Forest School