Forest School at Daisychain Clifton and Westbury Park

Children learning at Daisychain Nurseries Bristol

What is Forest School?

A wonderfully innovative and proven way for children to develop a range of skills including their emotional and social ones - key to support health and happiness throughout childhood. In a natural environment, children are supported by trained staff so that they can actively engage in absorbing and achievable activities.

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Sessions For Babies

The focus for our Under 2s in Forest School is sensory development - what we can see, touch, smell, and taste in the woodland. Our sessions have also been planned to develop resilience and this has a positive effect across all areas of a child's life.

How Does It Work?

Children learn about the natural environment and how to handle risks, exploring and understanding the natural world using their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School programmes run throughout the year and children have access to use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour, grow in confidence and self-esteem, and become self motivated.

See For Yourself

See some great photos on our facebook page, and our brand new Forest School video here. Do take a look.

You can also read our recent story in the Bristol Post. Clicking the image will open the article, which has some lovely photos, in a new window.

Forest School in The Bristol Post

How Children Blossom

One of the most joyful aspects of Forest Schools for our nursery children is that participation inspires increased confidence and communication. We have seen children literally blossom as they interact with the natural environment, working with their peer group to solve problems, play, and learn.

'Forest School has been a fantastic addition to the range of activities on offer to the children at Daisychain. My daughter loved all of her sessions, come rain or shine, and was always bursting to tell me about her adventures at the end of the day. It's clear that a lot of thought and preparation goes in to making these sessions a real success and the excitement they have generated amongst the children is lovely to see.'

Mrs C, parent at Clifton

Daisychain Values

Forest School is a integral part of the nursery provision throughout Daisychain. We have a deep commitment to all children and recognise at the heart of childcare and education is a duty to excellence. Forest Schooling is a proven provision that was established for pre-school children in Scandinavis in the 1950's.

Proven Difference

A 13 month long study carried out in Sweden concluded that children attending forest schools are more balanced with greater socially capability, they have fewer days off sick; are more able to concentrate and have better co-ordination than children in purely city-centered kindergartens.

The principle reasons were:

  • a greater range of opportunities present for play in nature
  • exploration and play timeframes lasting longer
  • less interruption of each other

The study also showed that the forest school children had 25% fewer sick days, were arriving at school with stronger social skills, greater ability to work in groups, and generally children had high self-esteem and confidence in their own capabilities.
All these attributes proved to be an effective foundation that raised academic achievements.

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Our resident Forest School guru and Manager of Daisychain Clifton is a fully qualified Forest School Leader and accredited with the Forest School Learning Initiative