The Forest School experience provides small, achievable tasks to enable a child to experience success and self-worth within an exciting, outdoor setting. Risks are there to be taken, but they have all been carefully calculated to ensure safety at all times. Staff are there in number, for safety, and to facilitate and enable learning, but not to direct it. Learning is child-initiated and child-led, although staff will teach necessary skills when the opportunity arises.
What is Forest School?
“Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees”. (Forest School Association).
At Merry-go-round, Forest School takes place within our own secure grounds.
This informational video made by Surrey Educational Authority, explains the Forest School ethos very well.