A beautiful full-colour book by Forest School expert and teacher Sara Knight that inspires and encourages individuals of all ages to take an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning. The images throughout the book bring alive Forest School activities and each chapter is accompanied by creative ideas for practice and in depth case studies from across the United Kingdom and Ireland exploring the amazing variety of nature provision. Coverage includes: • Rural and urban day nurseries for very young children • State and independent provision for Early Years and Primary Schools • Secondary School intervention strategies for students with special education needs and disabilities • How to support parents and families with Forest School • Supporting people with mental health issues. Suggestions for further reading at the end of chapters will be a helpful guide for students to read around the topic. Whether you’re training to become a teacher, or already working in the outdoor classroom, this book demonstrates how Forest School approaches are enriching learning opportunities for children, young people and adults, and deepening their connections with the natural world, with spectacular results.
Chapter 3: Rural Day Nurseries
The case studies in this chapter are of two daycare settings, examples of where the proprietors place a great deal of importance on getting children outside, and are in rural settings with extensive access to the outdoors. The children in both spend long periods of time outside, and can often move freely between indoors and outside, responding to their own intrinsic motivations. Sarah and Alison would both recognise Claire Warden’s nature pedagogy as their own aspiration for nature as the ‘stream underneath’ (Warden, 2015) that underpins the experiences of the children in their care.
Hidden away up a country lane miles from any towns and nestling up to the farm run by the setting’s ...