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The Forest School Way

At The Woodshed, we wholeheartedly embrace the belief that nature is a powerful and inspiring educator for young minds. Our ethos is rooted in fostering a deep connection between children and the natural world, recognizing the invaluable impact it has on their holistic development. We are committed to providing an enriching environment that values play, curiosity, and hands-on experiences in the great outdoors.

  1. Nature as the Ultimate Teacher: We believe that nature is the most profound teacher for young children. Through direct and unfiltered experiences in the forest, children develop a profound understanding and appreciation for the world around them, laying the foundation for a lifelong connection with nature.

  2. Holistic Development: Our  ethos is centered on the holistic development of each child – emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually. By engaging in nature-based activities, children cultivate resilience, creativity, and a sense of self that extends beyond the classroom.

  3. Child-Led Learning: We recognize the importance of child-led learning. Our approach encourages children to take the lead in their explorations, fostering a sense of autonomy and self-confidence. This not only enhances their problem-solving skills but also nurtures a lifelong love of learning.

  4. Risk and Challenge: Embracing a balanced approach to risk and challenge is at the core of our ethos. In the forest, children learn to assess and manage risks, building essential life skills and resilience. We provide a safe environment that allows for exploration and adventure, fostering a sense of independence.

  5. Inclusivity and Diversity: Our Forest School is a space that celebrates and embraces diversity in all its forms. Nature knows no bounds, and we strive to create an inclusive environment where every child feels a sense of belonging, regardless of background, abilities, or differences.

  6. Environmental Stewardship: We instill a deep sense of environmental stewardship in our young learners. Through sustainable practices and a respect for the natural world, we aim to inspire a generation of individuals who understand the importance of preserving and protecting our planet.

  7. Community and Collaboration: We believe that learning is a collaborative process, and The Woodshed fosters a strong sense of community. Children work together, sharing discoveries, solving challenges, and building relationships that extend beyond the forest setting.

  8. Joyful and Playful Exploration: The Woodshed is a place of joy and play. We recognize the inherent value of play in a child's development and ensure that our activities are designed to be both fun and educational, sparking the imagination and nurturing a love for the natural world.

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