Forest School


The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.

Forest Schools have demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, who have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School programmes run throughout the year, going to the site in all weathers. Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.

So Forest Schools will aim to develop:

Self Awareness
Self Regulation
Intrinsic motivation
Good social communication skills
A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence

Children need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships.
This time and reflective practice develops understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.

At Chaldon Pre School, we are very lucky to have an amazing site less than a five minute walk away from us.
The sessions are led by Jo Bristow who gained her Forest School Leader qualification with Surrey Wildlife Trust. Jo is supported by a volunteer and a member of staff from Pre School.