Saturday, 16 December 2017

Forest is an outdoor classroom

THE great outdoors has become a new classroom for youngsters at the Old Station Nursery in Henley which launched a

THE great outdoors has become a new classroom for youngsters at the Old Station Nursery in Henley which launched a forest school back in August.

The nursery held its first forest school session to introduce local families to the Scandinavian concept, which works by allowing children to play and learn outside using the natural environment in a bid to give children a more complete learning experience.

The Old Station Nursery has been holding two taster sessions to introduce children from the nursery and their families, and other local families, to the fantastic woodland area behind the nursery.

Last week more than 30 people enjoyed exploring the woodland, learning about the animals who live there and how to keep safe in the outdoor environment.

They then enjoyed hot chocolate made on a fire and played “hide-and-seek” in the woods.

The youngest participants were just three months old, so it really was fun for all the family.

Children who attend the Old Station Nursery will have weekly forest school sessions included in their nursery place and the forest school will be open to other nurseries and primary schools in the area for hire.

Nicole Symes Frazer from the Old Station Nursery is undergoing her forest school training.

She said: “A forest school adds a little something extra to the child’s day at nursery, giving them the chance to explore the outdoors alongside traditional play and learning.

“The sessions will be designed to encourage and inspire the children to explore their surroundings, and will include a lot of play as well an opportunity to learn about flora and fauna and the natural world.

“This kind of activity also helps to encourage spatial awareness and motor development, as well as offering the chance to get some fresh air — something we all benefit from.”

Places are expected to fill up fast, and parents can make reservations now by contacting henley@theold stationnursery.co.uk or by calling (01491) 577716.

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