Aclet Close Nursery School provides the majority of children with a ‘Woodland Experience’… this is an opportunity to work in our own grounds in a totally different atmosphere.
Of course, the aim outcome of these sessions is to have fun! In addition, this approach supports the children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills such as self-discovery, confidence and independence as well as encouraging communication skills and raising self-esteem.
The children learn though play, co-operating and working with others to solve problems, use their initiative and handle risks.
Each session will generally consist of a mixture of activities and games, as well as child-led learning and free play.
Memorable learning experiences take place… examples of the type of activities children may take part in include den making, acting out stories, learning more about insects and creatures and toasting marshmallows.
All of these ‘soft skills’ are transferable back in the Nursery and beyond. These skills help the children to build their resilience and character. We find that all children love and benefit from this, especially those who are low in confidence or who find other activities less satisfying.
There is nothing worse than being cold, wet and miserable. The woodland sessions take place whatever the weather. Nursery provide water proof clothing and wellies – parents and carers just need to provide warm coats, hats and gloves and thick socks