Benefits of Nature Play
School takes a child-centred approach to learning. Sessions are carefully planned
to give maximum opportunities for movement and discovery through play and
of Forest School and Nature Connection are many and varied. It has become
evident in recent years that children are spending less and less time outdoors
and moving around. This is having an effect on their physical and mental
well-being, and will have a detrimental effect on the environment as they grow
up, since to care about the environment, people must first get to know it, and
to feel part of it.
close to nature has been proven to lower stress levels, leading to better ability
to focus, higher self-esteem, more confidence, better teamwork and
problem-solving skills. The structure of Forest School and Nature Connection
sessions encourage holistic growth for every learner, building resilience and
Risky play is
something that has declined in recent years along with longer hours spent inside.
It is very important for children to engage in risky activities, so that they
develop their internal risk assessment and problem solving skills, which they
will need as they grow up. At Forest School the leaders provide a 'safe' level
of risky play, encouraging children to push the edges of their comfort zone,
gaining confidence and the ability to judge risk for themselves.