Woods for Learning is a Community Interest Company, which strives to deliver a high quality and inclusive Forest Schools programme, following the six guiding principles of Forest Schools. The aim of Gary Marlow, the founder of Woods for Learning, is that every participant in a Forest Schools session benefits from the opportunity to explore, discover, play, learn and go back to nature in a woodland environment.
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What are Forest Schools?
The Forest School ethos developed in Scandinavia for pre-school children in the 1950s and since the mid 1990s has become increasingly popular here in the UK. It's a concept that takes a long term sustained approach to outdoor learning. Forest Schools seek to encourage, motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences.
Research in Sweden found and concluded that pre-school children in a forest school setting were more balanced with greater social capability; they had fewer days off sick; were more able to concentrate and had better co-ordination. They played for a longer time, with less annoyance or interruption of each other compared to children in the city.
Children attending Forest School pre-schools were arriving at school with stronger social skills and a greater ability to work in groups. Generally the children had high self-esteem and confidence in their own capabilities. This was concluded as being as a consequence of being in a pleasant, natural, fun and less stressful environment.