Forest School

‘Forest school is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands on learning in a woodland environment’.

(Jennar, 2004, Murray 2004 and O’Brien 2006)


WHF runs weekly forest school sessions for the Hedgehogs. The forest school is based at Manor Farm Allington Road.


The forest school leader Clare completed her level 3 forest school leader qualification in October 2016, she also holds forest school and paediatric first aid along with her food hygiene.


Clare and other staff members carry out weekly forest school sessions to ensure continuity of care for the children and allows the staff to document the full impact of the forest school. Forest school works on a 1:4 ratio.


Key principles-

  • Take care of yourself
  • Take care of others
  • Take care of the environment


Children are intrinsically motivated to learn and they do so by exploring the world around them. At WHF we aim to foster a sense of wonder, to guide rather than compel and to provide room for possibility rather than attempt to constrain children’s interests to fit within a certain curriculum. Our aim is to support children to be ready to face life, to overcome challenges and to bounce back when difficulty arises, to have respect for cultures and environments and a desire to engage within their communities. We want children to be able to regulate themselves, navigate interactions and friendships with others and above all else be happy and real in all they do.


Forest school sessions are provided on a Tuesday and Thursday for the Hedgehogs during term time. The session runs from 9.30-1.30 and includes lunch which the children are actively involved in using different cooking methods over the campfire.

During the school holidays forest school sessions are available for school aged children. These dates will be uploaded onto the calendar on the website.

For more information, pricing and to secure a place please contact the nursery.