Today we carried out our first Forest School class with parents, as well as our children! We spoke to the parents about what Forest School is and how we incorporate it in our nursery. Parents shared their ideas from home, discussing how their children explore the natural world around them at home. Everyone involved enjoyed joining in with our muddy faces activity, using clay and natural materials to create their own woodland creatures which they then created a story around. We also held a ‘Longest Line’ competition which involved using our bodies and clothing items to see who could create a ‘chain’. Some of the families were extremely creative and added natural items such as branches to create their ‘Longest Line’. We enjoyed a snack of Cinnamon oranges, and then headed back to nursery to reflect on our Outdoor Forest School session. We received lovely feedback from parents, including their thoughts and even some ideas for next time! We can’t wait for our next session!
‘Ted comes home and says that he loves Forest School!’
‘I have seen an improvement in my child’s behaviour since starting Forest School!’
‘Great idea – good use of our local environment’
‘It is interesting to see our child’s attitudes to exploring nature with their friends!’
"Staff have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the children's individual needs and provide a stimulating environment where all children are excited and motivated to learn. Observations of children are consistently used to plan for children's individual next steps in learning."
Linda Shore, Ofsted Inspector
"This provision is outstanding . All practitioners have high aspirations for children's achievement. This means the nursery is exceptional in the way it meets the needs of all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and they make very rapid progress towards the early learning goals."
Ofsted inspector Caroline Midgley
"The Staff always make my child feel happy, safe and secure. The Staff are always approachable, welcoming any queries, concerns and often encourage new ideas from parents and children. My daughter often get comments she is lovely and often models herself on the staff."
Scott, Olivia's Dad
"My son, eats food at nursery that he wouldn't / doesn't eat at home. Which is fantastic! I think the other children eating well shows him there something more to this dish than he thinks."
Laura, Austin's mum