At Forest School children play and learn in woodland areas on a regular and sustained basis. Challenging and enjoyable experiences across all areas of learning and development can be provided for each child in this natural learning environment. Learning is achieved through playing and exploring, as well as the sharing of skills and knowledge, with a balance of child initiated and adult supported activities.
Forest School is an approach to learning that offers all children regular opportunities to achieve and develop self-confidence through active and hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment or natural environment with trees.
There is much research evidence indicating that experience with the natural world is of benefit to children, young people and adults in terms of health and well-being and that childhood experiences of nature affect behaviour and attitude towards the environment as adults.
Evaluations of the impact of Forest School on children have highlighted improved confidence, social skills, communication, motivation and concentration, physical skills, knowledge, understanding and respect for the natural environment.
(A Marvellous Opportunity for Children to Learn: a participatory evaluation of Forest School in England and Wales)
North Yorkshire Forest School Training is an approved training provider of NOCN Forest School courses, established for 10 years supplying high quality courses throughout Yorkshire and the North East.
Teaching is delivered by enthusiastic and supportive tutors who are qualified teachers and Forest School Leaders, and importantly, experienced in the integration of Forest School in a wide range of educational contexts. Our lead trainer, Hazel Canning, is a Forest School Association Endorsed Forest School Trainer.
Use of first class training venues well suited for classroom and woodland based training sessions at different locations in the region.
"The learners have produced excellent portfolios of evidence indicating the amount of high quality teaching and learning that has taken place." Open College Network Quality Reviewer
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