Step-Out Outdoor Learning, Training and Therapy C.I.C trading as Step-Out, Company Registration No 07868880
6 Mount Pleasant
What happens at Mini Forestlings?
This is a Forest School programme for pre-school children, adopting the true Forest School Ethos. Your children will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experience of nature. Our role as adults is to take a step back and allow children to take ownership of their play and learning, so they can discover their own interests and take managed risks.
Freedom to choose where and how they play is a vital part of children’s development and it is important that when children are in ‘flow’ (completely absorbed in an activity they are doing) we are able to give them the time and space they need to continue without adult interruption or interference – although we will always be close by to keep the little ones safe and scaffold their learning if appropriate.
There will be some activities set out for your child to take part in if they wish to but because the sessions are so child-led we try to react to the children's interests on the day they attend. If they don’t want to do the prepared activity and would rather do their own thing that is absolutely fine!
Because Forest School takes place on a weekly basis, children are able to develop their self-esteem and confidence in the natural world over an extended period of time, encompassing all seasons and weathers. Drinks and a snack are always offered mid-way through the session and a chance to come together at the end of the session to share what the children have made, found and learnt!
What will children learn at Mini Forestlings?
We hope that the children, over the course of the sessions, will learn how to manage risks and that they will grow in confidence and self-esteem. They will learn how to share and take turns, take pride in their achievements as they make, create, explore and play.
When a child is making something the focus is on the process of making/constructing/
assembling rather than the end result. Children will be encouraged to complete small, achievable tasks.
Whilst at Mini Forestlings it is likely that your child will begin developing the sorts of personal qualities that provide the foundations for a happy and healthy childhood: resourcefulness, motivation, resilience, critical thinking, persistence, determination, curiosity, humour, enthusiasm, empathy and self-discipline to name a few.
The opportunities available to children at Forest School are limitless. They will be able to climb trees, make dens, play in the mud kitchen, measure, weigh, collect, sort, swing, create natural art, play, splash in our stream, paint with natural ingredients, learn about the seasons, bug hunt and lots, lots more. The children will be having so much fun they won’t even realise they are learning!