Forest School is about learning and exploring outdoors. It's common in education in Scandinavian countries.


In the early nineties, a group of Nursery Nurses at Bridgwater College in Somerset visited Denmark to learn more about this provision. This learning was bought back to England and so the Forest School movement spread!


Before this, other groups, such as Scouts, Rangers and Guides, have also focussed on young people having access to nature to explore, learn skills and learn about the world.


Various courses in Forest School have since been developed to train people in the skills needed to provide safe and enjoyable outdoor learning.

Little Foresters is funded and supported by:

  • Long Eaton Community Garden 

  • Tesco 

  • Erewash Borough Council 

  • Foundation Derbyshire 

About Little Foresters 


"From humble beginnings where we sat on buckets in the park, we now have a fabulous Forest School area within Long Eaton Community Garden."

The forest school approach and benefits:


  • Forest School activities provide opportunities to promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development at any age.

  • We believe being in green spaces to be hugely beneficial to the well being of both adults and children. 

  • Many children who find the confines of school a challenge, excel at Forest School. 

  • Forest School gives young people the chance to see changing seasons and weather first hand. It teaches them life skills of preparation and planning and how to manage adversity. 

  • Forest School teaches young people to manage risk. We enable young people to use tools safely, to make fires safely and cook over the fire.

  • We also teach and foster problem solving skills, allow young people to make decisions and make choices.

  • We believe that there is no bad weather, only bad clothing - so we will be out in all weather, with the exception of high winds or thunder storms.

Sessions have a theme - like the seasons, or weather, using a particular tool, a game or particular skill.


We are led by the needs and likes of the group. We include the young people in our planning, giving them ownership of the activities and opportunities available.


Forest school can be a particular benefit to children:


  • With additional needs or disabilities 

  • Children With behavioural problems, social emotional difficulties, low self-esteem

  • Those at risk of exclusion

  • Those who would benefit from more physical activity

  • Poor attenders

  • And anyone who might otherwise have limited access to the outdoors


"We believe in the value of making or doing something, rather than an end product."


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